Three Times on the Podium: Why a BMW is driving in the DTM, the Audi behind

At the DTM race in Spa-Francorchamps this Sunday had a winner, René Rast, the Second Nico Müller and Robin Frijns as a third party in two ways in a hurry: just

Three Times on the Podium: Why a BMW is driving in the DTM, the Audi behind

At the DTM race in Spa-Francorchamps this Sunday had a winner, René Rast, the Second Nico Müller and Robin Frijns as a third party in two ways in a hurry: just after the award ceremony, a private plane that brought you to Berlin was waiting for the three Audi drivers. From Wednesday to start the formula E Finale at the former Tempelhof airport.

boredom instead of two battle – this is the résumé after the Start of the new DTM season. Because, as of this Sunday is already the day before the three pilots in the service of the auto manufacturer were from Ingolstadt on the Podium. Nico Müller was the Swiss national holiday on the victory ahead of Jamie Green and Loic Duval. Directly behind these drivers, two Audi's were still colleagues in the result list. "Three Audi drivers on the Podium," said Frijns immediately after the award ceremony for the balance of forces in comparison with a competitor to the BMW, "and I don't know what's behind it looks like." On both days, pretty frustrating for the people of Munich. On Saturday, Philip, who had Closely as the Best 36,4 seconds behind, yesterday, Sheldon van der Linde and 24.1 seconds. BMW-Motorsporthef Jens Marquardt said: "From Saturday to Sunday we made a decent step closer."

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This opinion may not be connecting the driver unconditionally. "If you look at the result list, has not changed compared to the last year a lot," said Marco Wittmann. It had been set up after the Tests in mid-June on the Nürburgring, at BMW of Confidence. "We had hoped to be closer, to be better," said the two-time DTM champion. "The fact that we are so far behind, both in Qualifying and in the race pace, came to us as a surprise."

the BMW engineers have improved the M4 over the Winter. In the past year, it lacked the racers from Munich to maximum speed. "When I look at the insane speeds, then we seem to be able to insert a hook behind it," says Marquardt. The new weak behavior when braking in the curves is because the car is too unstable. "Before La Source, our driver had to be earlier on the brakes, the Audi was later on the brakes."

the difficulties are not truly new. They were made in-house, claimed to be a former BMW engineer. As Wittmann tested the car at the end of 2012 for the first time, a tour, he was immediately by his enormous pace. In the result of fürth, in the development of the M4 was preferably used. Wittmann gave the engineers in his feedback, his sensations, so that they aligned the car accordingly. However, Wittmann's driving style is of his colleagues are not comparable. Accordingly, the can only retrieve selectively the Potential of the car. Most Philip succeeds in this even Closely.

a lack of confidence in the car and speed

A similar experience, the current DTM boss Gerhard Berger had made at the end of 1995. After his move from Ferrari to Benetton, he was allowed to drive with Michael Schumacher's world champion racers. However, with the vote of the ten-time Grand Prix was not a clear winner at all. Him the confidence in the car and so that speed was missing.

Updated Date: 02 August 2020, 12:20

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