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DTM Nürburgring 2013 Preview

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

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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

3 Gary Paffett (GB), HWA, DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé

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

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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.

My channel

Full Results from Moscow race:

1 19 M. Rockenfeller Phoenix-Audi 1:14:38.512 74 2
2 11 M. Ekström Abt-Audi-Sportsline 1.303 1.303 74 2
3 7 A. Farfus RBM-BMW 11.393 10.090 74 2
4 24 A. Tambay Abt-Audi-Sportsline 12.275 0.882 74 2
5 3 G. Paffett HWA-Mercedes 17.495 5.220 74 2
6 12 J. Green Abt-Audi-Sportsline 18.704 1.209 74 2
7 8 J. Hand RBM-BMW 19.363 0.659 74 2
8 2 D. Werner Schnitzer-BMW 26.117 6.754 74 2
9 23 T. Scheider Abt-Audi-Sportsline 34.184 8.067 74 2
10 9 C. Vietoris HWA-Mercedes 41.331 7.147 74 2
11 18 P. Wehrlein Mücke-Mercedes 42.000 0.669 74 2
12 10 R. Wickens HWA-Mercedes 43.782 1.782 74 2
13 6 F. Albuquerque Rosberg-Audi 44.443 0.661 74 2
14 4 R. Merhi HWA-Mercedes 51.576 7.133 74 2
15 21 M. Wittmann MTEK-BMW 52.941 1.365 74 2
16 22 T. Glock MTEK-BMW 54.421 1.480 74 2
17 15 M. Tomczyk RMG-BMW 58.460 4.039 74 2
18 17 D. Juncadella Mücke-Mercedes 1 Runde 1 Runde 73 2
19 1 B. Spengler Schnitzer-BMW 1 Runde 2.496 73 2
20 16 A. Priaulx RMG-BMW 1 Runde 10.327 73 2
DNF 5 E. Mortara Rosberg-Audi 43 Runden 42 Runden 31 3
DNF 20 M. Molina Phoenix-Audi 69 Runden 26 Runden 5 2

 

DTM driver’s standings:

1. M. Rockenfeller 94 4 25 12 18 10 25
2. B. Spengler 67 10 18 25 6 8 0
3. G. Paffett 57 12 8 2 25 0 10
4. C. Vietoris 56 15 4 6 15 15 1
5. A. Farfus 48 25 0 8 0 0 15
6. R. Wickens 45 0 15 0 12 18 0
7. M. Ekström 38 0 6 10 4 0 18
8. M. Wittmann 33 2 12 18 0 1 0
9. D. Werner 26 18 0 4 0 0 4
10. J. Hand 26 6 10 0 0 4 6
11. D. Juncadella 20 0 0 0 8 12 0
12. J. Green 18 0 0 0 10 0 8
13. T. Glock 15 0 0 15 0 0 0
14. A. Tambay 12 0 0 0 0 0 12
15. T. Scheider 12 8 2 0 0 0 2
16. R. Merhi 8 1 0 0 1 6 0
17. E. Mortara 2 0 0 0 2 0 0
18. A. Priaulx 2 0 0 0 0 2 0
19. P. Wehrlein 2 0 1 1 0 0 0

 

 

 

 

 

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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