Despite one-two victory: Not a perfect day for Mercedes
Update Nürburgring – Robert Wickens wins the 14th Nuerburgring. The DTM race at the Nürburgring took place in front of team mate Paul di Resta. Lucas Auer’s misfortune clouds the joy. Four-time victory on Saturday, one-two win on Sunday – and still not a perfect DTM weekend for Mercedes at the Nürburgring: The brand with the star dominated the competition on the traditional DTM circuit, but in the end left the Eifel with a bit of melancholy, because title contender Lucas Auer threw the car with a simple driving mistake in the 14th minute. Unfortunately, I made a mistake at a critical moment – that’s clearly on my head,”said the Austrian:” I’m very sorry, because the guys in my team are working very hard and don’t deserve it,”said the race on Saturday Auer had won, but on Sunday two underdogs jumped into the breach: Robert Wickens (Canada) and the former Formula 1 Auer (127) follows with nine points behind. Behind it is Rookie René Rast (Minden/124) in the Audi, ahead of defending champion Marco Wittmann (Fürth/115). If you start from pole position, you want to win the race too, of course,”said Wittmann:” But my car was damaged, my tyres have worn off, and then Audi had little chance of winning the Eifel race from the outset, with its title contenders Ekström and Rast top results. The reason for this was the controversial performance weights that had been under discussion for months: Audi was in the heaviest cars by far, BMW cars were 25 kilograms lighter, the Mercedes cars weighed 10 kilograms less, and the ballast is now being redistributed again in the remaining four races of the season. The attempts to abolish the performance weights by mutual agreement and at short notice had always failed, but thanks to the weight advantage Wittmann had also captured pole position, but lost his lead due to a not optimal start to di Resta. In the following rounds, too, things got tight for the championship: Auer had improved from fourth place on the grid and put a lot of pressure on Wittmann, but the Austrian’s overtaking manoeuvre seemed to be only a matter of time in this phase, but then Auer made the mistake that might have been decisive for the championship: On the sixth lap, his car broke out and turned away from the track, only after a short time. The DTM season will now be held in Spielberg/Austria (23/24. September) and with the final at the Hockenheimring (14th/15th September). October) was completed.