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Perfect strategy helps Christian Vietoris to score sensational win

Oschersleben. Rain, tyre gambles and risky overtaking manoeuvres – the second DTM round of the year in the etropolis Motorsport Arena Oschersleben had plenty of action. After a strategic and driving masterpiece, Christian Vietoris emerged as the surprising winner with his DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé. With a margin of 0.6 seconds from defending champion Mike Rockenfeller (Audi) after 44 laps, the 25-year-old Mercedes-Benz driver crossed the finish line as the winner of the race for the first time in his DTM career. “As we currently aren’t among the front runners in normal conditions, I obviously hoped for rain. Perfect that it turned out that way. We wanted to use these chances and so we did. We had an ideal strategy. I am overjoyed. What a race,” said Vietoris, who already changed to rain tyres after the formation lap, then chased the field from the pit lane and eventually made it through as the only driver with just one pit stop.

With his second place, Rockenfeller took over the lead in the drivers’ standings. Driving another Audi RS 5 DTM, Edoardo Mortara finished third in the action-packed race. Behind Paul Di Resta (Mercedes-Benz), last year’s winner Augusto Farfus came fifth as the best-placed driver of a BMW M4 DTM. In total, 65,000 fans attended the race weekend in the Magdeburg region.

Rockenfeller, who kept Vietoris under pressure until the final lap, was very happy with his score. “In the DTM, it is like in everyday life. You should never give up. Today, I almost did. The tyre choice at the start of the race wasn’t optimal. Then, there was some contact with other drivers and many safety car interventions. I really didn’t know where we were anymore and I wanted to give up. Then, all of a sudden, my team told me on the radio that we were in contention for a top position. Unbelievable,” the reigning DTM champion said. Mortara was also happy. “Being on the podium again is a great feeling. Too bad, we could even have ended higher up, but I had problems with the handling of the car after the second stop. Nevertheless, we had a great strategy,” the Audi driver said.

At times, Farfus also lost track of the situation in the Motorsport Arena. “This was the craziest DTM race I have ever driven. When the rain set in, it was really difficult and partly chaotic. Then I also got a penalty after contact with another car. However, scoring points and being among the front runners is a good thing,” ‘Gustl’ commented.

After a great recovery, Miguel Molina finished in sixth place. After setting the fastest time in qualifying, the Audi driver had been relegated to the back of the starting grid because his car wasn’t in accordance with the regulations. His fellow Audi driver Timo Scheider, who already scored two victories at Oschersleben, was classified seventh. Gary Paffett (Mercedes-Benz), Martin Tomczyk (BMW) and Adrien Tambay (Audi) rounded out the top ten.

The changeable conditions at Oschersleben prepared the stage for one of the most exciting DTM races in history. In total, the safety car was deployed three times after accidents and mixed up the field every time. Marco Wittmann had bad luck. The BMW driver, who won the season opener at Hockenheim, started from pole position, but slid off the track later in the race and retired.

Allocation of the performance weights will be changed prior to the third DTM round at the Hungaroring in Budapest (May 30 till June 1). After the result at Oschersleben, Mercedes-Benz drivers Christian Vietoris, Paul Di Resta and Gary Paffett have to add five kilograms of weight each, their fellow Mercedes-Benz drivers Vitaly Petrov, Pascal Wehrlein, Daniel Juncadella and Robert Wickens 2.5 kilograms each. The cars of the BMW drivers, on the other hand, will become lighter: for Augusto Farfus and Martin Tomczyk 2.5 kilograms, for António Félix da Costa, Bruno Spengler, Maxime Martin, Joey Hand, Marco Wittmann and Timo Glock five kilograms each. Like after the first race, the weight of the cars for the eight Audi drivers will remain unchanged.

Wolfgang Schattling, head of DTM management, Mercedes-Benz: “The key to our success was a super strategy that our engineers worked out during a difficult stage in the race. After two safety car phases, we realised that it could turn out in a good way. My heartbeat really rose. However, we know that we still have a lack of performance and that we still need time to make up for this. This time, the weather played out well for us.”

Dieter Gass, head of DTM, Audi: “A crazy race with an unexpected result. When you have the fastest car in the field, when you have three cars on the first three places at times and when you already have an advantage of more than ten seconds, finishing in second and third place is somewhat disappointing. However, today’s race was a lottery in which those had an advantage who were able to take the biggest risks. Having two drivers on the podium again and having taken over the lead in the drivers’, manufacturers’ and teams’ standings is great. The race also had two unsung heroes: Jamie Green, who was in a class of his own in the rain today but remained unrewarded, and Miguel Molina, who drove the fastest race lap. Had it not been for him being dropped to the back of the grid, he surely could have finished better than sixth.”

BMW Motorsport Direktor Jens Marquardt: “Wolfgang Schattling’s rain dance seems to have paid off. Congratulations for that. Unfortunately, we only have two drivers in the top ten. That is not the result we had expected here. However, the weather certainly was the decisive factor in this case.

#8 Miguel Molina (E, Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline, Audi RS 5 DTM)

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Pole position for Audi driver Miguel Molina at Oschersleben

Oschersleben. Miguel Molina has secured first place on the grid for the second round of the DTM season in the etropolis Motorsport Arena Oschersleben. With his Audi RS 5 DTM, the Spaniard completed his fastest lap of the 3.696 kilometres long circuit in the Magdeburg area in 1:20.007 minutes. “I am so happy. This is my third pole in the DTM and it always is a great feeling. I had a perfect car, it was just like I wanted it. I like this track; it is quite technical, one has to be a real racing driver,” the 25-year-old said. Molina’s advantage over second-placed Marco Wittmann (BMW) was more than half a second. Behind the winner of the Hockenheim season opener, Adrien Tambay (Audi) will be starting from third place.

Wittmann, who will be starting the race next to Molina from the front row of the grid with his BMW M4 DTM, was satisfied with his qualifying result. “I am very happy with second place, because it was a little bit difficult today. I had a bit of a struggle with the car. However, we are very confident and optimistic for tomorrow with second place on the grid. We will certainly attack,” the German announced.

Pascal Wehrlein was the fastest driver with a DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé in qualifying. The 19-year old only just failed to make it into the final qualifying heat and will be starting the second DTM round of the year from tenth place on the grid. “Things were going slightly better than at Hockenheim, but everyone knows that we are still lacking the pace. We have to analyse all the data and we have a long way ahead of us. After all, we can’t change our entire car within a fortnight. When it rains, we might have better chances,” the Mercedes-Benz driver said referring to the weather forecast for Sunday.

Once again, rookie driver António Félix da Costa (BMW) showed a strong performance by qualifying fourth ahead of Timo Scheider and defending champion Mike Rockenfeller (both Audi). For Paul Di Resta, however, qualifying was disappointing. For the second time already, the 2010 DTM champion, who is racing in the DTM again after three years in Formula 1, retired after the first of three qualifying heats. In Sunday’s race, the Brit will start from 21st place.

According to the new sporting regulations, performance weights will be in use for the first time at Oschersleben. Based on the result of the season opener at Hockenheim, BMW drivers Marco Wittmann, Timo Glock, Bruno Spengler, Martin Tomczyk, Augusto Farfus and Joey Hand each had to add five kilograms. Their fellow BMW drivers Maxime Martin and António Félix da Costa each got 2.5 kilograms of additional weight. On the other hand, all seven Mercedes-Benz drivers were allowed to drive a car that is five kilograms lighter.

A rundown of the tyre choice of all the drivers for the start of the race will be available during the evening at www.dtm.com. The drivers can choose from the standard tyre or the option tyre from series partner Hankook; the latter can only be used in the race. The second race of the season will be run over 51 laps and 188.496 kilometres and starts on Sunday at 13:30hrs (12.30hrs BST). ARD is broadcasting live from Oschersleben from 13:15hrs (12.15hrs BST).

Pastor Maldonado Barca 2014

F1Weekly podcast # 655


Clark and Nasir go over the results of the Spanish Grand Prix, we have another outstanding Motorsports Mondial and…Here is an interview with Pastor Maldonado and his Monaco Grand Prix preview.

After setting the pace at the Barcelona post-race test, Pastor Maldonado is primed for the Monaco Grand Prix…

Was the Barcelona test as good as it looked?

Pastor Maldonado: Yes. I would say it was our first ‘normal’ test without any problems and we were able to complete our entire schedule. It was really important and a very positive test because we learnt so much more about the car. Everything is getting better and better in my opinion. Of course I’m happy with the result as well.

Can you feel the progress when you are driving the car?

The car has made a big step forward from where we were. The focus of the test was to continue to develop settings and try new ideas. It was a busy programme to be honest, but hopefully the rest of the season will be much better for us. We got a lot of data which our engineers took back to the factory to analyse in detail.

What’s the significance of such a positive test for the team?

I think it’s a great boost for everyone at Enstone and of course as a driver it gives me more confidence in the car so I can aim to achieve better results. If you think about where we were and where we are now it is an incredible step forward – particularly when the other teams are moving forward with their development too. It’s a true testament to the team’s capabilities and I hope we can start to get the results on track that we so deserve.

Looking ahead to Monaco, what makes it so special for you?

First of all it’s such an historic Grand Prix and an iconic race for Formula 1. I really love it. I’ve been very quick in the past and I think it is one of the most special weekends of the year. The atmosphere is unique. The track is really challenging and changes a lot over the sessions, which you need to anticipate. It’s difficult to be quick close to the walls and overall it’s a very tough race, demanding in terms of concentration and stressful physically and mentally. The only negative thing is that it is quite difficult to overtake, but it is not impossible.

What are your favourite parts of the circuit?

I really like the Casino and Swimming Pool sections. Every corner in Monaco has its own challenge, and own individual approach needed – that is probably the beauty of the circuit there. It’s where I live now so I might be biased, but it’s a very special place.

What are your early memories of Monaco?

Monaco was always my favourite track when I was watching Formula 1 on TV as a kid. Then the first time I went to a Grand Prix was also Monaco, in 2003, which was my first year in Formula Renault. Juan Pablo Montoya won and it was amazing to see how close they were to the wall and how quick the cars were, because they had V10 engines then. Another good Monaco memory for me is winning in GP2 in 2007 and 2009.

How difficult do you think it will be to drive the new F1 cars at Monaco, with all the new switches and settings?

We will be very busy in the cockpit with all the switches and changes to be made. We’re also going to face a big challenge as the tyres are harder than those we’ve used in Monaco in the past. In Barcelona we ran with the super-soft and were able to finish the lap without causing problems for the tyres, which was not the case in the past. So that’ll be a big question mark. For sure Mercedes is the strongest team at the moment but we are focused and pushing hard to catch them.

There has been a lot of talk about changes to improve Formula One, what would you like to see?

It’s difficult because ultimately the rules are the same for everyone. But I would like the performance of the cars to be closer. That is the main thing. Whatever the cars, whatever the teams, we need better competition. That’s certainly what we’re pushing for as a team; to be closer to the front.

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Formula E: Teams receive the first batch of single-seater electric cars

The FIA Formula E Championship is gradually building up to the new competition’s first race in Beijing, China, on September 13. An initial series of development tests, which went perfectly at a variety of circuits in January, allowed the car’s architecture and systems to be checked, and the first batch of electric Spark-Renault SRT_01E racing cars have now been delivered to the championship’s 10 registered teams at Donington, England, on May 15, in keeping with the timeframe set for Spark Racing and Renault!
Said Patrice Ratti (General Manager, Renault Sport Technologies): “We are delighted to have worked alongside Spark ahead of the delivery of the first 10 Spark-Renaults to the Formula E teams. It was no mean feat because this is the world’s first small-scale production-produced single-seater electric racing car to deliver such a high level of performance. To have succeeded is another illustration of the passion that fires the teams of experts who work at Renault Sport, as well as of their grasp of advanced electric vehicle technologies.”
Frédéric Vasseur (President, Spark Racing Technologies): “The development, fine-tuning and production of such an innovative racing car as the Spark-Renault SRT_01E in such a short lapse of time was a challenge that we are particularly proud to have risen to. The cooperation we enjoyed with our various partners was remarkable and the input from the teams at Renault Sport was especially decisive in enabling us to develop a car that is reliable, safe and competitive. We are delighted to have reaped the fruit of our collaboration with Renault.”
Alain Prost, co-director of the French team E-Dams, and also an ambassador for Renault, was at Donington for this landmark delivery.

Meanwhile, Renault took advantage of the opportunity to present the keys of a Renault ZOE to Alejandro Agag, Chairman and General Manager of Formula E Holdings. His use of this vehicle as his personal car will allow him to see the benefits of zero-emission* motoring (i.e. no noise, crisp acceleration from low speeds and driving enjoyment) for himself and consequently join the 98 percent of Renault Z.E. owners who are satisfied with their car.

MALDONADO PUTS HIS LOTUS ON TOP

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MALDONADO PUTS HIS LOTUS ON TOP

2014 Barcelona Test, Day Two

Pastor Maldonado ended the second day of the test at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya fastest by almost a second after 102 trouble-free and extremely productive laps. Pastor set a time of 1min 24.871secs using super soft tyres late in the afternoon after completing numerous aero and set-up evaluations under glorious blue skies.

Fast Facts:
Track: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Spain, 4.7km
Chassis: E22-03
Weather: Dry, blue skies and sunshine, air 12-22°C, track 18-35°C
Programme: Assessment of aero, set-up, mapping and tyres.
Laps Completed: 102
Classification: P1, 1:24.871
Interruptions: Occasional red flags.

What’s Next?
The team is next in action at the Monaco Grand Prix on May 22-25.

Pastor Maldonado:
“That was a complete day for us and my first normal day of testing this season. We didn’t have any problems and we gained a lot of good running with good track conditions compared to yesterday’s. We ran to plan and completed everything we wanted to do. We learnt a lot more about the car, the set-up and performance is improving all the time so I’m feeling more comfortable to push too. It’s been a big step forward today which hopefully means we’ll be much better for the rest of the season.”

Alan Permane, Trackside Operations Director:
“We completed everything we set out to do today including aero assessments, mapping work, energy recovery scenarios, evaluations of set-up and ride height, tyre usage programmes and so on and I’m pleased to say the E22 didn’t miss a beat. We completed over 100 laps today so it’s been very good to see what is possible when we have good reliability. With the data we have collected over the last two days and the progress we’ve made, we’re in much better shape heading to the next races. There is plenty of potential in the E22.”

Williams Testing Barca 2014

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WILLIAMS F1 Barcelona Test Day One

Driver: Felipe Massa
Chassis/Engine: FW36-03 / PU106 Hybrid
Locations: Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain
Objectives: Aero evaluation and mechanical work
Weather: Wet in the morning, cool and dry in the afternoon
Maximum air & track temps: 16°C / 19°C

Rod Nelson, Chief Test and Support Engineer: As expected we had rain this morning so we had a wet test plan in place, which was successful. This was designed to help us in any wet races or qualifying situations in future so we gathered some useful data. This afternoon it dried up so we could complete our aero tests and some longer runs. As usual during testing, we have plenty of data to analyse now as the day has been very productive.

Felipe Massa: Every time we get in the car we are learning. We didn’t get in as many laps as we had planned as it rained in the morning, but we still used this time to improve our wet performance. The car has shown over the weekend and today that it is very competitive. We tested set-up and aerodynamics changes today but there were no new parts so we could focus on the finer details. It’s great to leave Barcelona knowing we have made a step forward.