Author: David van den Boom (@David__VDB)
Note: I’m only writing a preview to this , because i’m going to the Nürburgring this weekend. Normally i won’t write a preview for the DTM races.
Yes i know, i have written an negative article about the DTM some weeks ago, but these are the reasons why still go to the DTM this weekend:
1st: I really like the Nürburgring itself, Nordschleife and GP circuit.
2nd: The DTM on track action is most of the time pretty good (despite DRS)
3rd: There many support series includiing the FIA F3 European Championship and Auto GP (yep there were Narain Kartikehyan is driving now) and they’re all pretty good to watch.
So now to the preview of the upcoming DTM race…
Audi: The Favourites
It seems like Audi have the sorted the problems from last year out. It also looks like the change from A5 DTm from RS5 DTM this year, made a bigger impact to the perfomance of Audi as expected.
So now Pheonix driver Mike Rockenfeller (2010 24h of Le Mans overall winner) is leading the driver’s championship ahead of BMW driver Bruno Spengler.
The Nürburgring is his home race and he always showed great pace here, since his debut in the DTM back in 2007.
So he’s going to be the man to beat at this weekend, but watchout for Ekström.
After over 10 years in the series, Ekström proofed that he has still got what it takes to win a DTM race. I still think he’s the deserved winner of the Norisring race and also got 2nd at Moscow.
But these two are really the only ones from the 8 Audi driver’s who could win this race.
Scheider had incredible bad luck, Mortara and Green are having trouble this year.
Alberquerque and Molina don’t show any good pace, only Tambay is the driver who could get a podium but who knows?
Mercedes: Need to win again
Eurospeedway at the Lausitz 2013- that was the last race were a Mercedes won a DTM race. Mercedes doesn’t lack pace, they’re head to head with Audi. The problems are the drivers.
I really thought that would be Paffet’s year, but you can’t win a championship when you do something silly like at the Norisring.
Paffet will be the favourite from Mercedes drivers. Vietoris is always a bit unobstructive, but clean and consistend, that why he’s 3rd in the drivers standings. But i don’t think he’s fast enough for a win.
Also Wickens has chances, but he needs to sort he’s Qualifying perfomance.
The other Mercedes drivers? Do they have a chance? Nope…
BMW: In Trouble
Ok, Spengler won two races this year with the BMW M3 Coupe DTM. But the best driver in a team, doesn’t he wins every race for them, see Moscow, were he really had problems.
But Spengler won this race in 2006 and 2010, so he has good chances to win there.
Timo Glock looked on fire in first three races of the season, taking a 3rd place at Spielberg.
But now i’m thinking he’s going to have same season as Ralf Schumacher had in 2011.
Taking a podium spot, what got really hyped and then suddendly driving at the back of the field. The difference between Glock and Schumacher II is that Glock got his podium in his rookie season, were Schumacher II got his first podiums in his 4th season in the DTM.
Glock deserved a good F1 cockpit, but i really hope he does well in the rest of the DTM season.
And don’t forget Augusto Farfus, who won the season opener at the Hockenheimring, but can’t keep that speed on a consistent basis.
Wittman looks promising (2nd at Brands Hatch) and Werner and Hand have nothing to lose.
I will try to upload some footage from the weekend (DTM, F3 Europe, Auto GP, Porsche Carrera Cup and VW Scirocco R Cup) on Youtube next week or so.
Full Results from Moscow race:
DTM driver’s standings: