05. Oktober 2019

Wittmann celebrates on the podium

Hockenheim remains a happy hunting ground for Marco Wittmann. Having already claimed victory to mark the start of the new DTM turbo era in May, he was able to celebrate another podium finish today. The two-time DTM champion crossed the line in second place.

The day started promisingly, as Wittmann secured second position on the grid in qualifying. “The first stint was OK,” said Wittmann. “I did fall back to third place but I managed to work my way back and closed the gap to leader René Rast just before the pit stop.”

The situation for the rest of the race looked promising, as the BMW Team RMG strategy to pit earlier than Rast seemed to be working. “The undercut would have worked,” said Wittmann. “If only the safety car hadn’t appeared. That pretty much put paid to our race. I then had to slot back in behind Rast.”

After the re-start, Wittmann sensed his opportunity and moved past Rast. “But I realised pretty soon that I could not keep pace with René. And so he was able to overtake me with DRS one lap later. The gap stayed the same for the rest of the race. It’s a shame, as I could have done better if the safety car hadn’t appeared.”

There is one race left in the 2019 season. The grand finale takes place tomorrow at the Hockenheimring and Wittmann would love to head into the winter break with a win under his belt.