Bittersweet second place in Sunday’s race at the Red Bull Ring

05. September 2021 Zurück zur Artikelübersicht »

Race two at the Red Bull Ring in Austria was not entirely satisfactory for Marco Wittmann. The driver from Fürth crossed the finish line in second place, but his appraisal was less positive and he appeared disappointed.

Sunday morning’s qualifying again took place in glorious sunshine in the Austrian town of Spielberg. Marco Wittmann produced a perfect lap to secure pole position for race two at the Red Bull Ring. He defended his excellent starting position at the start. After a good pit stop on lap five, he had to slot in behind Ferrari driver Liam Lawson, whose crew is able to complete faster tyre changes thanks to a special choreography. As the race progressed, Marco was consistently able to put Lawson under pressure. However, he lost time whilst lapping Rosberg driver Nico Müller and was consequently not in a position to pass New Zealander Lawson. At the end of the 55-minute race, a visibly disappointed Wittmann crossed the finish line in second place.

Marco Wittmann (#11 BMW M6 GT3, Team Walkenhorst Motorsport, grid position: 1st, race result: 2nd, Drivers’ Championship: 4th, 121 pts):

“We initially got off to a good start from pole and were immediately able to open a gap between Liam Lawson and the rest of the field. We basically had good pace in the race, but ultimately lost first place during the pit stops, which are generally a very big talking point this season. That is not easy to take. At the moment, pit stops are genuinely deciding races. That is why I am so very frustrated. Liam Lawson did a great job, you have to give him credit for that. In the end, we had the same pace, but the issue of pit stops is something that needs discussing in the future. Nevertheless, we picked up more valuable points for the championship today.”

The 2021 DTM season continues in two weeks in Assen, Netherlands, with the sixth race weekend. Marco Wittmann will again be battling for a place on the podium and more points towards the overall standings.

You can find more information and fascinating insights behind the scenes on Marco Wittmann’s social media channels. The two-time DTM champion keeps you up to speed on Instagram @wittmannracing and Facebook @MarcoWittmannOfficial.