First race yields first point

06. Mai 2017 Zurück zur Artikelübersicht »

Marco Wittmann picked up his first point in the Drivers’ Championship in the opening round of the DTM season in Hockenheim. Having struggled in qualifying and started from eleventh on the grid, the reigning DTM champion made a good start in his new Red Bull BMW M4 DTM, making up several positions on the opening lap and climbing as high as seventh.

However, Wittmann was unable to hang on to this position and dropped back through the field into tenth place. He was, however, able to defend tenth place and, in doing so, managed to claim his first point in the Drivers’ Championship in the opening race of the 2017 season.

“I got off to a good start and immediately gained two places,” said Wittmann. “The opening lap also went really well, and I was able to climb as high as seventh place. However, we noticed in the first stint that we were not quite able to maintain our pace, which resulted in us dropping back into tenth. Conceding ninth place to Nico Müller so close to the end of the race was a bit frustrating, but at least we picked up a point.”

Marco Wittmann was the second-best BMW driver, behind team-mate Timo Glock, who finished runner-up to claim the first podium finish of the year for BMW. In contrast, fellow BMW Team RMG driver Augusto Farfus was unfortunate. The Brazilian failed to get off the line at the start of the race, and eventually had to settle for 13th.

Sunday begins with the third free practice session in the morning. Qualifying for race two then gets underway at 12:20. Wittmann will then go in search of points again in race two at 15:18.