Unhappy start to the season for Wittmann

07. Mai 2016 Zurück zur Artikelübersicht »

A disappointing start to the DTM season for Marco Wittmann: After starting the opening race of the season in Hockenheim in tenth position, as the best-placed BMW driver, he was not able to make up any ground. Wittmann did manage to reach fifth place for a while but was affected by turbulent events on the track, as numerous hard-fought duels, crashes and collisions pushed him ever further back. He was unable to convert his strong performance into the result that it deserved.

The result was a disappointing 16th place for Wittmann and his new Red Bull BMW M4 DTM. The BMW driver was anything but pleased with how the race went: “The result is very disappointing. I had a great start and I was really on the pace for the first few laps. I am sure that I could have grabbed a top five finish. But I took a hit in a three-way tussle and my car was damaged so severely that I had no chance of matching the pace set by the others.”

Wittmann’s new team-mate Timo Glock also endured an underwhelming start to the season. The race ended prematurely for the former Formula 1 driver when he was pushed into the gravel by another driver.

“The race just didn’t go right for our BMW Team RMG,” concluded team principal Stefan Reinhold. “We did a good job in qualifying. Timo produced a great result in our first qualifying session together and Marco once again showed us why he has already been a champion. We went into the race with high hopes of making progress. However, the driving style of some of the other competitors threw a spanner in the works.”

A total of three BMW drivers made it into the top 10. Bruno Spengler finished in sixth place, following by António Félix da Costa and Maxime Martin in seventh and eighth. Sunday begins with the free practice session in the morning. At 12:30, Marco Wittmann will compete in the second qualifying session of the season with his Red Bull M4 DTM. The hunt for points starts again in the second race at 14:33.