On the podium again.

22. Juli 2017 Zurück zur Artikelübersicht »

After third place at the season opener in Hockenheim, Marco Wittmann made it onto the podium again in the first race in Moscow. After 38 laps on the “Moscow Raceway”, the 2016 champion crossed the finish line in third place.

Before the race, he claimed the fastest time in qualifying for the ninth time in his DTM career. He took just 1:27.035 minutes to complete a lap of the 3.931-kilometre track outside the Russian capital. However, a penalty that came into effect after the Sunday race at the Norisring meant that he had to start the ninth race of the season from sixth on the grid. “Without the penalty on the starting grid, I could have done even better, but it doesn’t matter. We can build on today’s result,” said Wittmann.

After his mandatory pit stop, he soon became embroiled in a duel with Robert Wickens for the final spot on the podium. “Robert had overtaken me and was able to build up a lead,” said Wittmann. “Towards the end of the race my pace improved continuously, I was able to manage the tyres well. This enabled me to get closer – and reclaim third place.”

The action at the “Moscow Raceway” continues tomorrow at 9:40 a.m. local time, with the third free practice session. Qualifying for the second race of the weekend will take place between 11:30 a.m. and 11:50 a.m. local time. The Sunday race will get underway at 2:48 p.m. local time.