Continuing the trend in Budapest

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After the first podium of the season in the second race at the Lausitzring, Marco Wittmann can hardly wait to get back into his BMW M4 DTM for the next races. At the third weekend of the season at the Hungaroring near Budapest, he is keen to continue the clear upward trend and after second place in Lusatia, his first ever podium result at this track, is now hoping for the next step.

“I’m extremely motivated after the podium at the Lausitzring,” said Marco Wittmann, who has positive memories of the Formula 1 track just outside the Hungarian capital: “I won in Budapest in 2014. I like looking back on that. However, things have been a little more difficult there in recent years. But despite that, I am looking forward to Hungary.”

In 2014, the 4.381-kilometre Hungaroring located in a valley basin was the third stop of the DTM season, as it is this year. Marco’s win back then was the second in three races and important groundwork for his first DTM title that he would go on to win. After a year out, the DTM returned to the Hungaroring in the late summer of 2016 – and for the BMW driver it once again proved to be an important venue on the road to winning the title. Seventh place in the first race saw him pick up important points. The fourth place disallowed due to a technical irregularity with his car after a spectacular Sunday race with the unforgettable duel with Edoardo Mortara was a setback, but didn’t stop him from winning his second title. But things didn’t go according to plan in 2017, when he finished in eighth and 17th place.

The aim is to improve on this again. “I really like the track in Budapest. It is a technical circuit, but still very fast. The Hungaroring has a little of every type of turn. And the Hungarian fans are very enthusiastic,” said Wittmann. Marco’s BMW colleague Timo Glock experienced the aforementioned enthusiasm before the start of the season during a promotional motorsport experience in the heart of Budapest; Timo Glock now returns as the overall leader. Marco Wittmann is currently in seventh place in the overall standings, behind Glock and five Mercedes drivers.

The new DTM TV partner SAT.1 will be on the air live again as usual from 13:00 CEST on both Saturday and Sunday. The two races each get underway at 13:30 CEST. The qualifying sessions on Saturday and Sunday (at 11:20 CEST on both days) and all free practice sessions and the races will be shown live on the website and in the official DTM app.