Joy on Sunday

10. September 2017 Zurück zur Artikelübersicht »

After finishing ninth in the first race at the Nürburgring, Marco Wittmann returned to form with a podium finish in the second race – and his third-place result puts him right back in the title fight.
The qualifying session for the 14th race of the season went perfectly for the reigning champion. He claimed his first pole position of the season with a time of 01:20.936 minutes. However, the start did not go as well as he had hoped and he fell back to second place. “Just before the pit stop, I was able to overtake Paul di Resta, move back into first place and extend my lead,” he said.

After the pit-stop, Wittmann was behind Mercedes driver Robert Wickens and went on the attack. “I started to try and overtake in turn one, but we touched. My car was damaged and I had some graining on the front tyres. I wasn’t able to maintain the pace needed to stay ahead,” said Wittmann. “It is a bit disappointing to finish third after starting from pole position. But at the end of the day, we scored some important points.”

Finishing in third place did mean that he scored some important points in the drivers’ championship. Wittmann is now right back in the battle for the title, with four races left to go. He is in fourth place, 21 points behind leader Mattias Ekström.