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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.

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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

 

 

 

 

 

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

Silverstone Young Driver Test 2013: The Driver Line-Up

Note: The Young Driver Test (17th-19th of July) at Silverstone is also a tyre test, because Pirelli is planning to bring the new tires to Hungary.

So the current driver’s in the teams, not only the rookies, will compete the YDT to give feedback of the new tires.

Here the driver line-up of the 10 teams competing the YDT:

Infiniti Red Bull Racing:

Sebastian Vettel

Antonio Felix Da Costa (first two days)

Carlos Sainz Jr. (first two days)

Daniel Riccrado (Wednesday)

Scuderia Ferrari

Davide Rigon (all three days)

Felipe Massa

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

Kevin Magnussen (Wednesday)

Oliver Turvey (Thursday)

Gary Paffet     (Friday)

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Pirelli will give the new tyre data to the Mercedes team.

Lotus

Davide Valsecchi (Thursday)

Nicolas Prost    (Wedensday)

Sahara Force India

Adrian Sutil (all three days)

Paul Di Resta (all three days)

James Calado (Wednesday)

Sauber

Nico Hülkenberg (all three days)

Robin Frijns (Wedensday and Thursday morning)

Kimiya Sato  (Thursday and Friday morning)

Williams

Pastor Maldonado (all three days)

Daniel Jucandella (Wednesday)

Susie Wolff (Friday)

Toro Rosso

Daniel Ricciardo

Jean Eric Vergne

Carlos Sainz Jr.

Johny Cecotto Jr.

Daniil Kwjat

Caterham

Alexander Rossi (Wednesday)

Will Stevens (Thursday)

Giedo van der Garde (Friday)

Charles Pic (Friday)

Marussia

Tio Ellinas

Rodolfo Gonzales

Jules Bianchi

Max Chilton

2013 Chinese Grand Prix Preview

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The wait has been long for the Formula 1 fans throughout the world for the third race of the season. Three weeks ago Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull Racing took the honors at Malaysia, though Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber have negotiated to an extent, Sebastian Vettel has clearly come out and said that he had no regrets for winning the race three weeks ago and that is what is was being paid to do.
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Last time this year in China, the Silver Arrows team locked out the front row with Nico Rosberg on pole and Nico Rosberg took it all the way to the chequered flag without putting a foot wrong giving himself and Mercedes their first Grand Prix victory since 1955.

However, this year is different from last year.Last year the team made use of their unique Double Drag Reduction System (DDRS) giving them the boost on the straights and top speed. This year too they are contenders for winning the race as they have the second best car after Red Bull in qualifying trim and race trim. It wouldn’t be surprising if they beat the Bulls on Sunday using a clever tyre strategy and look after them for a longer time during a stint.
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Lotus too are expected to challenge the above two teams as they can win the tyre preservation game very well.

Ferrari are bringing updates to this race and will be testing them on Friday, they are expected to be quick in qualifying.

McLaren after their dismal start to the season, for the first time since 2009 are bringing a raft of updates and the team has already told both their drivers that they have no time whatsoever to waste on Friday. The team believe that they have pinpointed the exact issues with their 2013 challenger and are hoping it to fix it this weekend.

Among the midfield teams Force India are expected to be good around the Shanghai International Circuit as their cars have good straight line speeds.

Sauber too have decided to bring test parts to this race and examine them on Friday.

Williams are expected to continue with their problems and are not expected to come over them.

Toro Rosso are still where they were last year and are not expected to challenge teams like Force India and Sauber just yet.

Marussia with Jules Bianchi have impressed so far this season with a car which he has driven for a very less duration of time in testing. The team have said that they will be bringing updates to this race and close the gap further more to teams such as Toro Rosso.

Caterham on the other hand have been on the last row ever since the start of the season and are making slow progress, the team is expected to remain where they are even this weekend.

A lap around the Shanghai International Circuit

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Turns 1 and 2 make up a very long right-hand curve which leads immediately into turns 3 and 4, a very long left-hand curve. One and two are far more difficult – a lift on entry followed by various taps of the throttle and brakes are needed so the car maintains balance throughout. It also becomes blind towards the middle of the corner. Three and four are nowhere near as difficult but a good exit is needed to gain speed down the following straight and through turn 5. Turn 6 is a second gear, right-handed hairpin with plentiful run-off. Turns 7 and 8 make up a high speed chicane – the left-right complex sees a constant G-force of 3 and a minimum speed of about 100 mph. Turns 9 and 10 immediately follow – two slow left-handers which require a good exit to gain speed down the next straight. Turns 11 and 12 effectively make up a slow left-right chicane where the use of kerbs are important but traction is low. Turn 13 is a very long right-hander which becomes less and less tight, and a very good exit is important as the longest straight in F1 follows. It is the equivalent to 11 football pitches laid end to end, or the same length as three and a half of the world’s biggest aircraft carriers Turn 14 is a hairpin at the end of the straight – the second gear corner is a prime overtaking spot as DRS is available in the run up to the corner. Turn 16 is the last corner – a fourth-gear left-hander which requires a quick tap on the brakes – braking early can be more effective as you can then carry more speed through the corner and then down the pit straight. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVGnmXc5eBE&feature=youtube_gdata_player

The total length of the circuit is 5.451 km (3.387 mi), which is about average for a Formula One circuit. The lap record was set by Ferrari’s Michael Schumacher in 2004. He completed one lap of the circuit in 1:32.238.

From the weather point of view it is expected to be 100% dry throughout the weekend which is crucial for teams such as McLaren.

From the tyre point of view Pirelli are bringing the Pirelli P Zero yellow (soft)and Pirelli P Zero White (medium). The driver who nurses his tyre will be standing on the top step of the podium on Sunday.

An excited race is in the waiting for all the fans around the world.