DTM drivers look forward to night races:”A great idea!”
Why the DTM drivers are looking forward to night races in Misano and why many of them enter uncharted territory in Italy – Wehrlein:”It has a certain charm”.
For the first time in the history of the DTM there will be a night race in 2018. After the night qualifying at the Nürburgring 2003 the two championship runs in Misano (25. and 26. August) under floodlight. On Saturday and Sunday, the starting lights on the Italian Adriatic coast turn green at 22:20 local time. The two night races in Misano are well received by the fans and drivers:”That’s very cool”, says Pascal Wehrlein in a conversation with’ Motorsport-Total. com’ about the floodlight premiere in the DTM.
“In Formula 1 I experienced a night race for the first time and I always found it very cool. It all seems so much faster and it has a certain charm to drive a race at night,”says the former Sauber pilot. Relocating the start time into the evening will cause a sigh of relief for man and machine. In August, temperatures on the Italian Mediterranean coast often reach 40 degrees Celsius.
“At such temperatures, the car reaches its limits – especially when it comes to cooling the engine, transmission and so on. Even we drivers don’t get much fresh air in the car. When it’s 40 degrees outside, it’s over 60 in the car. That’s why it’s more comfortable when we drive in the evening,”says Wehrlein, welcoming the transfer of the races to the night.
Misano new in the DTM calendar
“I think that’s really cool. A cool idea,”says team mate Lucas Auer enthusiastically,”A cool special for us and the people who will be there” The Austrian asked his uncle, DTM boss Gerhard Berger, to realize a night race in Singapore last season. With the night races in Misano, the Mercedes driver was able to fulfill part of his wish.
“I am happy that I have already driven in Daytona to gain some experience at night,” laughs Paul di Resta in an interview with’ Motorsport-Total. com’. It’s a nice track, but more for motorcycle races. That’s why there will be some minor changes – especially for the track boundary. But it’s a special place for me because of my Italian roots.”
Gary Paffett is also breaking new ground in Misano, but he knows how to drive a DTM car at night.”In 2003 we had a night qualifying session at the Nürburgring, that was cool! The night race will be interesting and certainly a lot of fun,”says the Briton, who will get into the mood for the new course in the race simulator,” The night atmosphere will provide an extra portion of excitement and emotion.
DTM returnee Daniel Juncadella already took part in a night race in Misano last year,”I drove the Blancpain Series in Misano last year. That’s why I know the route, even at night,”says the Spaniard, who is looking forward to his return to Italy:”That’s cool! I’m glad it’s gonna be a night race. Because we drive in August and it gets up to 40 degrees Celsius. Makes it a little easier for us drivers.”
Edoardo Mortara and Mercedes DTM team boss Ulrich Fritz are also looking forward to the floodlight premiere of the DTM:”That’s a great thing,” says the Swiss driver with an Italian racing licence. Misano is actually a motorcycle circuit, but a great layout. We hope that we can attract tourists there,”adds the head of sports at Stuttgart.
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