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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 😦

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Marussia signs Luiz Razia for second 2013 Formula 1 seat

Luiz Razia has secured the Marussia Formula 1 seat left vacant by Timo Glock’s pre-season departure from the team.

Brazilian 23-year-old Razia joins fellow GP2 graduate Max Chilton in an all-rookie line-up at the squad.

Razia will drive the new Marussia in Wednesday’s Jerez test session, although the team will start the day late following Chilton’s crash due to suspension failure on Tuesday.

“The past two seasons in GP2 have been all about proving that I have what it takes and that I’m ready,” said Razia.

“This coming season will be all about rewarding the faith the team have shown in me.

“This is an important year for the Marussia F1 team in terms of maintaining the momentum from a very positive 2012 season. I look forward to making a valuable contribution to that.”

Razia became a GP2 title contender last year in his fourth season in the series, eventually finishing runner-up to Davide Valsecchi.

Team boss John Booth said he had always expected Razia to blossom after initially hiring him as reserve driver for the then Virgin branded F1 team in 2010.

“We had every expectation that he would progress to the extent that he has,” said Booth.

”’He is a very quick and tenacious driver who battled hard to the runner-up spot last year.

“Together with Max, we are fielding a young but incredibly ambitious pairing and we look forward to seeing what they can achieve.”

Marussia’s announcement means that the only vacancy remaining on the 2013 F1 grid is the second Force India seat.

In addition to his 2010 run with Virgin/Marussia (pictured), Razia has also tested F1 cars with Toro Rosso, Force India and Caterham.

2013 Formula 1 line-up so far:

Red Bull     Sebastian Vettel  Mark Webber
Ferrari      Fernando Alonso   Felipe Massa
McLaren      Jenson Button     Sergio Perez
Lotus        Kimi Raikkonen    Romain Grosjean
Mercedes     Lewis Hamilton    Nico Rosberg
Sauber       Nico Hulkenberg   Esteban Gutierrez
Force India  Paul di Resta     seat still available
Williams     Pastor Maldonado  Valtteri Bottas
Toro Rosso   Daniel Ricciardo  Jean-Eric Vergne
Caterham     Charles Pic       Giedo van der Garde
Marussia     Max Chilton       Luiz Razia

Giedo Van der Garde secures second Caterham F1 seat

Giedo Van der Garde has won the battle for the second race seat at Caterham for 2013, the team confirmed on Friday.

Following months of discussions, the Dutchman has got the nod over Heikki Kovalainen, Vitaly Petrov, Bruno Senna and Luiz Razia to become Charles Pic’s team-mate this season.

Van der Garde, who was Caterham’s reserve driver last year and won races for its GP2 team, already has F1 mileage under his belt after driving in several Friday Practice sessions as well as at the young driver test.

The Dutchman had also been part of the Spyker team’s line-up in 2007, carrying out testing duties for the squad.

Speaking about his move in to a race seat, van der Garde said: “I know I am ready to take the step up to F1 and all the work I have done throughout my career, and particularly in the last year with this team, has brought me to my ultimate goal.

“Throughout 2012 I was able to fully integrate myself into the team, both through the FP1 sessions I ran at a number of tracks that were then new to me, and as reserve driver, fully embedded with the team throughout the season.

“Now I can continue to learn at the highest level of motorsport and show that I am ready for F1. I cannot wait to start work.”

Caterham’s decision to sign van der Garde and Pic is a departure from its previous mantra of securing experienced talent to help it in F1, and will have been motivated in part by financial considerations.

Team principal Cyril Abiteboul said last year that he was keen to bring on younger men now – which has been proven with his choice for 2013.

“We continue to grow as a team and we are committed to giving young talent across the motorsport industry the chance to grow with us and this is Giedo’s opportunity to show he deserves his place at the very highest level of global motorsport,” he said.

Van der Garde’s appointment, with Razia now set to take the second seat at Marussia, means that Kovalainen, Petrov and Senna all appear to be without F1 drives for 2013

Giedo van der Garde’s route to F1

Nationality: Dutch
Age: 27

F1 tests: Super Aguri (2007), Spyker/Force India (2007/08), Renault (2009), Caterham (2012, inc Friday practice)

GP2: 2009-12 with iSport (’09), Addax (’10-11), Caterham (’12). Five wins, best championship result of fifth in 2011.

Formula Renault 3.5: 2007-08 with Victory (’07) and P1 (’08). Champion in 2008, five wins.

Formula 3 Euro Series: 2004-’06 with Signature (’04), Rosberg (’05), ASM (’06). One win, best championship result of sixth in 2006.

Pre-2003: Karting and Formula Renault Eurocup

2013 Formula 1 line-up so far:

Red Bull     Sebastian Vettel  Mark Webber
Ferrari      Fernando Alonso   Felipe Massa
McLaren      Jenson Button     Sergio Perez
Lotus        Kimi Raikkonen    Romain Grosjean
Mercedes     Lewis Hamilton    Nico Rosberg
Sauber       Nico Hulkenberg   Esteban Gutierrez
Force India  Paul di Resta     seat still available
Williams     Pastor Maldonado  Valtteri Bottas
Toro Rosso   Daniel Ricciardo  Jean-Eric Vergne
Caterham     Charles Pic       Giedo var der Garde
Marussia     Max Chilton       seat still available

Credits: Autosport.com


Force India have confirmed that Jules Bianchi, Luiz Razia and Rodolfo Gonzalez will partake…

Force India have confirmed that Jules Bianchi, Luiz Razia and Rodolfo Gonzalez will partake in the upcoming young driver test at Magny-Cours this week.

Jules is the team’s third driver and has completed seven free practice sessions for the team already this season.

“I’m really happy to be doing the young driver test at my home circuit of Magny-Cours,” said Bianchi. “It’s a track I really enjoy and I’ve raced there a few times in Formula Renault. The team has already given me lots of opportunities to drive during practice sessions, but I’m really looking forward to getting a full day in the car.”

23-year-old Razia is currently second in the GP2 Series standings. The Brazilian will drive the VJM05 on Tuesday 11th September with Jules taking over for the second day of running on Wednesday.

“I’m glad that Sahara Force India has given me this great opportunity,” said Razia. “It’s a chance to work with an established team and I’m sure I will learn a lot from the experience. I’ve raced at the Magny-Cours circuit before in the junior categories and enjoy the track. It’s very smooth with some quick corners so it will be a good venue for testing. My objective is simply to follow the programme and help the team as much as possible.”

26-year-old Gonzalez is also competing in the GP2 Series and will drive the VJM05 for the final day of testing on Thursday.

“This test will be a very important day for me and I’m very excited to be working with Sahara Force India,” added Gonzalez. “I’ve driven a few Formula One cars before so I just want to build on that experience and show the team what I can do. The team has been very helpful and given me time on the simulator at the factory so I feel well prepared to make the most of this chance.”

Source: F1 Reader