Column: Why i’m starting to dislike the DTM

Author: David van den Boom, Twitter: (@David__VDB)
 

Now i have been following this series since the season finale of tthe 2007 season, were Ekström and Spengler were battling for the title.

That’s were i was starting to begin my interese for the DTM and watched the full 2008 season and i watched the other season afterwards.

So yeah you can call me a longtime DTM fan, who even visited the Nürburgring race there since 2010.

Don’t forget this is my opinion, i’m sure there are some people who disagree. Please share your opinion in the comment section.

So now i’m going to say what’s wrong with the DTM nowadays and why it’s going in the wrong diretcion.

1. Stupid rules/decisions

Some of the stewards nowadays for example in F1 or GP2 are really wrong with their penalty desicions.

But the DTM stewards are actually the best in making stupid and just wrong decisions. For example, Spengler this year at the Lausitzring, were he showed the middle finger to Ekström, after they had hard side by side contact racing at the last lap of the last corner.

So Spengler just expressed his anger to Ekström and Ekström was making fun of him afterwards in a interview.

But of course the DMSB (organisation of the DTM) overreacted and gave Spengler 10,000  euro fine for giving Ekström the middle finger.

20 years ago, even 10 years ago were the ”new” DTM started they wouldn’t do anything about it and say that’s OK.

And of course the ridiculous blue flag rules at the Norisring this year.

Rockenfeller and Paffet had newer, better tires than the others ahead of them, for some reason the ITR (Race Control) said that it would be ok if you give the others who are ahead of Rockenfeller and Paffet blue flags so Rockenfeller and Paffet don’t damage their new tires, and get held up.

They were all even on the same lap???

So of course you as a motorsport fan would think, why the f*** would do that???

Not even the race control from F1 would be pathetic enough to think about something like this.

And of course the thing with the water bottle and Ekström and i won’t say much about it, because that’s really over the top.

Ekström didnt gained an advantage, the team didn’t gained advantage. But they outcast the Parc Ferme rules and got DSQ’d.

And then saying afterwards that there’s no race winner and Wickens stays 2nd. You would just think like this….

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2. Why globalise it?

DTM- Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters/ German Touring Car Championship.

So you would think like the BTCC their racing only on circuits on their own country, namely Germany and everybody would be happy.

But no here comes the DMSB again and says that you should globalise the hell out of it.

Going to Moscow and then to Shanghai next year, doing the US-DTM in 2015.

Guys, guys why the hell are you doing that when it’s still called DTM???

If manufactures want to showcase their roadcars on race circuits on all over the world then you can go to the WTCC.

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I mean look at BMW in the DTM, do you really think BMW came back just because everybody wanted that and there were new rules coming in 2012?

No, because they hope that the DTM becomes a 2nd WTCC, just even more expensive and with less cars on the grid than the original WTCC.

So BMW is making pressure on the DMSB to compete in countries were nobody gives a s*** about the DTM anyway (China, Russia, USA etc).

And you know that the Super GT (much better) will have the same rules as the DTM in 2014.

So of course the DMSB is hoping that Nissan, Honda and Lexus (actually Toyota) will come with cars that can be raced in Europe.

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And guess what? Yep, of course all three manufactures didn’t give a f*** about the DTM,

Nissan will built the next generation GT-R, Lexus will bring the LFA and Honda will bring the next-gen NSX and you couldn’t race those cars against M3’s, RS5’s or C-Classes forget it.

I just don’t hope that the GT500 cars are going to have DRS and option tires and all this crap, because as you can see in the latest race of the Super GT 2013 season, they don’t need it at all!!!!

3. Trying to be the F1 of Touring Cars

So these are Touring cars, you wouldn’t expect much of aerodynamics and more looking like the roadcars as you can see in WTCC and

BTCC or V8 Supercars, those are real Touring cars and deserve that name.

But in the DTM… just look at the comparison between a road M3 E92 Coupe and a M3 Coupe DTM.

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And you call that a touring car?

I don’t think so, it looks more like a prototype.

Despite the looks of those DTM cars, all other parts have nothing to do with the roadcars what you don’t call a touring car.

And because of the aerodynamics of the cars, the DMSB was finding it a good idea to bring DRS and option tires to the DTM.

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So well the DRS doesn’t really bring anything despite Hockenheim and Spielberg, in all the other the races the DRS system didn’t showed any advantage for the driver  behind his opponnent.

Those cars are just to slow, so the DRS system can work how it should work, it works in F1, but not here.

And the option tires…… as I was never a fan from the Pirelli tires in F1 and how carefull the F1 drivers had to drive on them to keep them alive, my opinion on the option tires in the DTM is pretty much the same.

You don’t need this in a touring car series, oh wait, why am i even calling this a touring car series?

4. How the DTM should be

– merge together with the dying ADAC Procar and doing the same rules as the ones used in the WTCC

– make two sprint races on Sunday, not just one long race, like it’s now

– no DRS, no option tires, no pitstops

– racing only in Germany, we have enough tracks were the DTM doesn’t race

– how the calendar should be:

1. Hockenheimring

2. Euro Speedway

3. Norisring

4. Oschersleben

5. Sachsenring

6. Nürburgring

7. Berlin-Tempelhof  (same weekend with the Formula E)

8.  Sachsenring

9. Bilster Berg (when stands are build, so maybe 2015?)

10. Hockenheimring

– teams from WTCC/BTCC can also race in the DTM and the other way

But hey, it won’t happen anyway 😦

F1: Hamilton wins the Hungarian GP

At the start of the GP Lewis Hamilton was leading into Turn 1. Vettel tried  to hold of Grosjean on the outside of the track.

Rosberg meanwhile, who started from 4th position had contact with Massa’s frontwing at Turn 5.

Rosberg had to go wide and settled for 12th postion, then he overtoke some cars bringing him to 7th but then he retired 10 laps before the end of the race due a engine failure.

Hamilton was leading ahead of Vettel and Grosjean until the first pitstops came around the laps 9-13.

Vettel already had to defend his 2nd position against Grosjean and surprisingly struggled with the handling of the car.

After Vettel made his first pitstop, he came back behind McLaren driver Jenson Button, who held him off for 33 laps, what was a quite amazing perfomance from the brit.

So Vettel held up Grosjean, and some laps later Alonso was becoming faster, so it became a four way battle for 2nd.

Vettel finally got past Button for 2nd and Grosjean was also trying to pass Button, but with contact resulted to a penalty after the race. After Grosjeans 2nd pitstop, he was behind Massa.

Grosjean was much faster than the Ferrari driver and tried a brave outside move into the blind Turn 5 corner, which was succesfull but illegal. He had all four wheels off the track and he was over the line, so he gained an advantage over Massa.

The frenchman got a drive through penalty and later made his third pitstop, he ended up in 6th position.

His teammate Raikönnen however had a fantastic strategy and despite the hot weather there he managed his tires very well and made only two pitstops.

So he came up to 2nd, but Vettel was close behind him and tried a ”Grosjean move” on the outside of Turn 5.

But Raikkönnen defended and kept his 2nd place until the end.  Webber had a great race, coming from 10th on the grid after his bad luck in Qualifying to 4th in the race.

Hamilton controlled his lead and won the Hungarian GP after 70 laps. It was his first GP win of the season and the third for Mercedes AMG Petronas.

Sutil had a horrible 100th GP, he had problems starting his car again at his first pitstop and had to retire.

Williams meanwhile scored their first points of the season with Maldonado finishing 10th.

Teammate Bottas had to retire after an engine failure.

The next race of the Formula 1 World Championship is on the 25th of August for the Belgium GP at Spa-Francorchamps.

Full Results:

1 10 L. Hamilton Mercedes 70 1:42:29.445 179,507
2 7 K. Räikkönen Lotus 70 +0:10.938 +0:10.938 179,188
3 1 S. Vettel Red Bull 70 +0:12.459 +0:01.521 179,144
4 2 M. Webber Red Bull 70 +0:18.044 +0:05.585 178,982
5 3 F. Alonso Ferrari 70 +0:31.411 +0:13.367 178,595
6 8 R. Grosjean Lotus 70 +0:52.295 +0:20.884 177,993
7 5 J. Button McLaren 70 +0:53.819 +0:01.524 177,950
8 4 F. Massa Ferrari 70 +0:56.447 +0:02.628 177,874
9 6 S. Perez McLaren 69 +1 Rnd. +1 Rnd. 176,881
10 16 P. Maldonado Williams 69 +1 Rnd. +0:17.883 176,368
11 11 N. Hülkenberg Sauber 69 +1 Rnd. +0:29.391 175,532
12 18 J. Vergne Toro Rosso 69 +1 Rnd. +0:00.459 175,519
13 19 D. Ricciardo Toro Rosso 69 +1 Rnd. +0:00.611 175,502
14 21 G. van der Garde Caterham 68 +2 Rnd. +1 Rnd. 173,349
15 20 C. Pic Caterham 68 +2 Rnd. +0:06.374 173,171
16 22 J. Bianchi Marussia 67 +3 Rnd. +1 Rnd. 171,347
17 23 M. Chilton Marussia 67 +3 Rnd. +0:42.899 170,163
18 14 P. di Resta Force India 66 +4 Rnd. +1 Rnd. 175,043

Retirements:

GUT, SUT, BOT, ROS.

Driver championship standings after 10 races:

1. S. Vettel 172 15 25 12 25 12 18 25 A 25 15
2. K. Räikkönen 134 25 6 18 18 18 1 2 10 18 18
3. F. Alonso 133 18 A 25 4 25 6 18 15 12 10
4. L. Hamilton 124 10 15 15 10 12 15 12 10 25
5. M. Webber 105 8 18 A 6 10 15 12 18 6 12
6. N. Rosberg 84 A 12 A 2 8 25 10 25 2
7. F. Massa 61 12 10 8 15 A 4 8 A 4
8. R. Grosjean 49 1 8 2 15 A A 15 8
9. J. Button 39 2 10 1 4 8 8 6
10. P. di Resta 36 4 A 4 12 6 2 6 2
11. A. Sutil 23 6 A A 10 1 6 A
12. S. Perez 18 2 8 2 A 4 2
13. J. Vergne 13 1 A A 4 8 A A
14. D. Ricciardo 11 A 6 1 A 4
15. N. Hülkenberg 7 S 4 1 A 1 1
16. P. Maldonado 1 A A A 1
17. V. Bottas 0 A
18. E. Gutierrez 0 A A A
19. J. Bianchi 0 A A
20. C. Pic 0 A
21. G. van der Garde 0 A A
22. M. Chilton 0

Manufactures championship standings:

1.RedBull 277

2.MercedesBenz 208

3.Ferrari 194

4.Lotus 183

5.Force India 59

6.McLaren 57

7.Toro Rosso  24

8.Sauber 7

9.Williams 1

10.Marussia 0

11.Caterham 0

WEC: Toyota with reduced programm for the rest of the season

Toyota announced today, that they will only run one TS030 Hybrid LMP1 (the #7 with Sarrazin, Davidson and Buemi) for the rest of the 2013 WEC season.

Expect of the 6h of Fuji were they, obviously, bring a two car entry there, because it’s their home race (and with Nakajima a local hero).

That means we’re only going to see four LMP1 cars, two Audi’s, one Toyota and one Rebellion-Lola (see last sports car racing post), what is quite poor for a World Endurance Championship.

To this time last year, we had 7 LMP1 cars, one of them included the JRM HPD entry who are now in the Blaincpain Endurance Series with the Nissan GT-R GT3 car and another HPD from Strakka who retired from this season, despite their LMP1 privatiers win at Le Mans.

And all these withdrawals happen because of the preperation for next year with the new cars.

But why didn’t ACO/FIA said that the teams could run this years cars also next year?

I mean it worked out in 2011, were some of the teams were racing the 2010 machines, back then we had nearly 13-15 LMP1 cars through the ILMC season.

So Wurz and Lapierre will do the simulator  and test work with the 2014 car and Nakajima will drive in Super GT and the Super Formula.

ALMS: Rebellion only at Petit Le Mans

Rebellion-Lotus Racing announced today that they will only participate at the Petit Le Mans in Road Atlanta in this year’s American Le Mans Series.

Actually Rebellion wanted to compete the full ALMS season with one car, then they said that they will only drive at Road America, Austin and Petit LM.

The reason for all that is that they are concetrating on their next year’s LMP1 car, the Oreca Rebellion R-One and they also want to focus on this years WEC, with a one car entry.

The drivers for that aren’t confirmed yet, but it looks like Beche/Belicchi/Prost will drive the Lola B12/60 Coupe with the Toyota engine.

That’s sad to hear, because i was really hoping for another great race at Road America in the P1 class (like 2011, 2012).

But now with Rebellion gone, it looks like Picket will run away with the win again and Dyson driving with Burgess/McMurry again, who weren’t really up to pace at Mosport.