|18. Oktober 2015||Zurück zur Artikelübersicht »|
Joy and sorrow at the Hockenheimring: Marco Wittmann retired from the final race of the 2015 DTM season, but still had reason to celebrate.
The BMW Team RMG driver was forced to return to the box on lap nine after losing his bonnet as a result of coming into contact with Pascal Wehrlein. He consequently had to retire early from the race. After finishing third on Saturday, his team-mate Maxime Martin finished sixth to pick up further points for BMW. António Félix da Costa (seventh place), Bruno Spengler (eighth place) and Martin Tomczyk (tenth place) clinched the manufacturers’ title.
Even qualifying didn’t go according to plan for Wittmann. Like the day before, the 2014 champion only managed to qualify in 16th on the grid in his Ice-Watch BMW M4 DTM. After a turbulent start, littered with incidents, he dropped down into 19th place. Then came the collision with Wehrlein on turn six of the ninth lap: The bonnet of the Ice-Watch BMW M4 DTM was hurled several metres through the air and the BMW driver was forced to retire.
The disappointment of this sobering season finale was plain to see on Wittmann’s face: „Naturally it is a shame to end the season with a retirement. But I think it reflects our season, which was characterised by highs and lows. We’ll forget about this now, prepare well over winter and try to come back stronger next year.“ However, this was outweighed by the delight for the entire BMW team’s victory. „What’s important today is that we won the manufacturers’ title with BMW. That is fantastic and a reason for all of us to celebrate.“
In the team standings, Wittmann and Martin were narrowly beaten by the gooix/Original-Teile Mercedes-AMG Team of the new DTM champion Wehrlein, who secured the title in the Drivers’ Championship yesterday.