|20. August 2016||Zurück zur Artikelübersicht »|
Rain, rain and more rain: Marco Wittmann found his hopes of a points finish in race 11 of the season slipping away in wet conditions at the “Moscow Raceway”. The Red Bull BMW M4 DTM struggled with the wet asphalt in qualifying. Wittmann then had to settle for 19th in the race itself.
With temperatures around the 20-degree mark and persistent rain, race one on the outskirts of Moscow had to be started behind the safety car for safety reasons. The drivers had three laps behind the safety car to familiarise themselves with the diverse track conditions, before the race was finally released. Wittmann started the remaining 30 minutes of the race from 20th, following a difficult qualifying session on the slippery asphalt. Visibility was far from good at the 3.931-kilometre circuit. The windscreen wiper on the Red Bull BMW M4 DTM had its work cut out keeping the windscreen clear of water. Wittmann started the race with plenty of work to do, but was unable to make many inroads. He did manage to gain one place, meaning he eventually crossed the finish line 19th after 22 laps of racing.
“There was not a lot I could do out there. The spray meant that I could not see much for the first ten laps. I had no opportunity to attack, as the pace was simply not there. All in all, that was a disappointing race.”
Victory went to Mercedes driver Robert Wickens, who also leapfrogged ahead of Wittmann at the top of the Drivers’ Championship. However, it could be a very different story in tomorrow’s second race at the “Moscow Raceway”: after all, Wittmann only trails the new championship leader by three points.