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22 Timo Glock (D), BMW Team MTEK, BMW M3 DTM


Hockenheim. Great joy for Timo Glock: in the DTM season finale at the Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg, the BMW driver claimed his maiden victory in the most popular international touring car series. In an action-packed race with numerous duels and overtaking manoeuvres, he was the first to cross the finish line after 41 laps. Roberto Merhi (Mercedes-Benz) was classified second, 2.787 seconds down. The Spaniard had started from 21st position and next to his two mandatory pit stops, he also had to complete a drive-through penalty for a jump start. Already-crowned champion Mike Rockenfeller (Audi) failed to score points for the only time this year. He was classified 16th

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FIA Formula 3 European Championship, round 10, race 3, Hockenheim (D)


Newly-crowned FIA Formula 3 European Champion Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam) was victorious at the 4.574 kilometres long Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg in pouring rain. The Italian won the 30th and final race of the season in the 2013 FIA Formula 3 European Championship ahead of Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport), who finished second. Austrian Lucas Auer (Prema Powerteam) claimed the final podium slot of the season.

Due to the heavy rain and the very wet track, the field started the final race of the season behind the safety car. As the green flags were waved after three laps, Raffaele Marciello remained in the lead. Felix Rosenqvist and Harry Tincknell (Carlin) followed until the safety car was deployed again after a collision between Luis Felipe Derani (Fortec Motorsports) and Eddie Cheever (Prema Powerteam) on lap six. The second restart didn’t cause any problems for Marciello either and the Italian remained in the lead until the chequered flag was out. Felix Rosenqvist, who concluded the season as runner-up in the drivers’ standings, crossed the finish line in second place.

Harry Tincknell was one of many young drivers who slid off the wet track into the gravel trap. His direct rival Lucas Auer inherited third place. Tom Blomqvist (Eurointernational) also benefited from Tincknell’s excursion and came home fourth ahead of the Brit. Antonio Giovinazzi (Double R Racing) finished sixth in the final round of his debut season in Formula 3 from Sven Müller (Van Amersfoort Racing), Alex Lynn (Prema Powerteam), Jordan King (Carlin) and Michael Lewis (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport). 

Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam) 
“Conditions were really difficult. Partly, we couldn’t even drive flat out on straights. We had to be really careful not to make a mistake. However, I was confident about my car and myself. I really wanted to win this race after having sealed the championship title by finishing fourth yesterday. Concluding the season with the title and victory in the final race is nearly perfect.” 

Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport)
“It wasn’t easy. When I was behind Raffaele, I could hardly see anything due to the spray. Halfway through the race, rain increased and I already thought that the race would perhaps be stopped. Generally, I had a nice battle with Raffaele. Unfortunately, I didn’t manage to score a triple, but I am happy with my weekend.”

Lucas Auer (Prema Powerteam)
“I had a nice battle with Harry Tincknell during which I tried to put him under pressure. Then, he made a mistake as he slid into the gravel trap going into the Motodrom, after which I got second place. I am happy to have concluded my maiden FIA Formula 3 European Championship season with a podium finish.”


1 Bruno Spengler (CDN), BMW Team Schnitzer, BMW M3 DTM 


 Hockenheim. Picture-perfect weather for the DTM season finale at the Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg, where the 22 DTM drivers battled it out for the starting grid positions for the race on Sunday for the final time this year. BMW dominated proceedings in qualifying, because the brand from Munich had a clean sweep in the final heat of the hunt for the fastest times, locking out the first four places. The fastest driver was Bruno Spengler. The 30-year old completed his lap of the 4.574 kilometres long track in 1:33.443 minutes and will thus be starting from first place on the grid for the 16th time in his DTM career. “In the last few races, I often had bad luck. Being on pole is simply so much fun. I am happy for the guys in my team who are working very hard. Moreover, we want to defend the manufacturers’ title,” the Canadian said after qualifying. 

Spengler’s fellow BMW driver Dirk Werner will be lining up next to him on the front row of the grid for the tenth season round of 42 laps, starting from second place. The driver from Hanover was 0.303 seconds down on Spengler’s time. “Our boss has said how important the manufacturers’ title is and what we have to do,” the 32-year old explained. Brit Andy Priaulx and Timo Glock, also with BMW M3 DTM, claimed third and fourth place on the grid respectively. For both, it was their best DTM qualifying result. Most recently, Audi had locked out the fourth DTM qualifying heat with all four cars at Zandvoort in 2012.

Miguel Molina was the fastest Audi driver in fifth place. “A nice moment for me. Being the best-placed Audi driver in the final qualifying session of the year is great. Today, I got the maximum out of the car and I didn’t make any mistakes. Tomorrow, we will battle for the manufacturers’ and teams’ title,” the Spaniard said.

Canadian Robert Wickens was the best-placed Mercedes-Benz driver in 13th place. The 24-year old said about qualifying: “The DTM is a tough series. Unfortunately, I made a little mistake in Q2 and to make it beyond the second qualifying heat in the DTM, you need a perfect lap. I didn’t manage to get that, but anything can happen tomorrow.” 

Mike Rockenfeller (Audi), who already secured himself the title in the race at Zandvoort, didn’t do better than ninth place. “Of course, I had hoped for more, but today, things simply didn’t go so well,” the newly-crowned DTM champion said.

Prior to the race on Sunday, Rockenfeller is leading in the drivers’ standings beyond reach with 142 points from Augusto Farfus (BMW) with 118 and Christian Vietoris (Mercedes-Benz) with 71 points. The tenth and final round of the season will start on Sunday at 14.00 hrs. ARD is broadcasting live from 13.15 hrs


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A 1-2 for BMW with Farfus and Werner in the season opener…

Hockenheim. First, Tim Bendzko performed the official DTM song ’Ich steh nicht mehr still’ (’I am not standing still anymore’), and then, the action started at the Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg: the first DTM race of the season provided thrilling motorsport action with numerous overtaking manoeuvres, position changes and surprises. The 22 strong field thrilled the spectators on the grandstands. The buoyant winner after 42 laps and 192.108 kilometres was Brazilian Augusto Farfus with his BMW M3 DTM. The 29-year old showed a clever race, successfully used the technical novelties option tyres and DRS and was the first to take the chequered flag from his fellow BMW driver Dirk Werner and Christian Vietoris (Mercedes-Benz). 

“That was great fun today. The option tyres and DRS have provided a lot of action. I had a good start and I was very fast. What a start into the season,” said Farfus, who was on the top step of the winners’ podium for the second time in the DTM. The best-placed driver of an Audi RS 5 DTM was Timo Scheider in sixth, who had started from pole position. In total, 87,000 fans attended the first race weekend.

Dirk Werner showed an incredible recovery. From 20th place on the starting grid, the 31-year old from Hanover moved up through the ranks to finish second. “That was an unbelievable race. I didn’t even dare to hope for this. I have overtaken so any cars. I think, not just the fastest driver, but the most clever and the fastest driver now wins races,” said Werner.

Christian Vietoris, who finished thid in the season opener with his DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé was also delighted after the race and said: “What a great race! I had more fun than ever. Even when one has more to do with the tyre decision and the DRS, this was just great.” Werner and Vietoris both scored their maiden podium finishes in the DTM. 

After starting from pole position, two times’ DTM champion Timo Scheider (Audi) missed out on the tactically right moment for a pit stop during a safety car intervention in the first part of the race and thus lost valuable positions. At the end, he still made his way up to finish sixth behind Briton Gary Paffett (Mercedes-Benz) and reigning DTM champion Bruno Spengler (BMW) from Canada. “Today, we got it completely wrong. During the safety car phase, we reacted too late. Such a mistake shouldn’t happen when we want to be in contention for the title. But I also know that this decision has to be made in a split second,” Scheider said.

Marco Wittmann (BMW) was the best novice in ninth place. Pascal Wehrlein and Daniel Juncadella (both Mercedes-Benz), who also drove their first DTM race, finished eleventh and twelfth respectively. The fourth DTM rookie, Timo Glock, drove a good race, but had to park his BMW on lap 18 as he lost the right rear wheel after a troublesome pit stop. Other drivers to retire were Mattias Ekström, Edoardo Mortara, Adrien Tambay (all Audi) and Robert Wickens (Mercedes-Benz).

The second race of the season will take place at Brands Hatch (GB), May 19. 

Jens Marquardt, BMW Motorsport Director: “Incredible – finishing first and second from the back and the front is just great. There were so many overtaking manoeuvres and position changes, that there probably will be no favourite in the next nine races either. The action has definitely been spiced up.”

Toto Wolff, head of motorsport Mercedes-Benz: “It was a difficult race. There is a lot to learn, particularly concerning the tyre strategy. Our young guns have proven themselves. Third and fourth place is a solid result. There were many overtaking manoeuvres. Surely, it is exciting for the fans to watch.”

Dieter Gass, head of DTM Audi: “Of course, we are disappointed. After first and fifth place on the grid, we had hoped for more. On the other hand, we were caught out by the fact that we only had two cars in the top ten, with which we then had problems. Not getting Timo in right away during the safety car phase wasn’t the right decision. All in all, there was plenty of action on the track today.”


FIA Formula 3 European Championship, round 3, race 3, Hockenheim (D)

Rosenquist wins, Red Bull junior driver Kvyat surprises…

Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport) claimed victory in the ninth season round of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship at the 4.574 kilometres long Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg. At the start, the Swede took the lead and defended it until the finish. Behind him, Félix Serrallés took the chequered flag in second place. Guest driver and Red Bull junior driver Daniil Kvyat (Carlin) was delighted with his third-place finish at his first Formula 3 outing, ahead of points’ leader Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam).

At the start, stalwart Felix Rosenqvist came to the fore, followed by Félix Serrallés, Jorden King (Carlin) and Daniil Kvyat. On lap three, Richard Goddard (ThreeBond with T-Sport), Roy Nissany (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport), André Rudersdorf (ma-con) and Sean Gelael (Double R Racing) collided, which led to a safety car intervention. At the restart, Rosenqvist defended his lead, while Serrallés was overtaken by Jordan King. A few laps later, the Brit also attacked Rosenqvist for the lead, but this attempt was in vain. Instead, he lost his second place to Serrallés and one lap later, he had to surrender third place to Daniil Kvyat. On lap 13, rookie driver King also had to let Raffaele Marciello past, who made good progress from tenth on the starting grid to finish fourth. 

Alex Lynn (Prema Powerteam), Sven Müller (ma-con), Tom Blomqvist (Eurointernational), Eddie Cheever (Prema Powerteam) and Luis Felipe Derani (Fortec Motorsports) rounded out the top ten, which Lucas Wolf (URD Rennsport) just missed out in his home round, finishing eleventh from 29 drivers.

Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport)
“I had a good start and was able to pull a gap from the drivers behind me right away. Then, the safety car came out and my margin was gone again. After the restart, Félix Serrallés was very closely behind me, but I was able to pull away quickly. I am happy that I have won this race. However, I am not looking at the title. I made that mistake last year and it didn’t bring me anything.” 

Félix Serrallés (Fortec Motorsports)
“I had a good start and I am happy that I am on the podium here. Unfortunately, I made a mistake at the restart after the safety car intervention, which was the reason that I got massive pressure from behind after that. Fortunately, I still managed to bring second place home.”

Daniil Kvyat (Carlin)
“My race was good, but I still have to work on the start when I want to win a Formula 3 race. After the start, I quickly found to my rhythm and I was able to stay behind Félix for second place. All in all, it was a great debut weekend in Formula 3 for me with a pole position and a podium finish. I really hope that this wasn’t my last outing in Formula 3.


FIA Formula 3 European Championship, round 3, Hockenheim (D)

Guest driver Daniil Kvyat surprises with pole position…

Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam) claimed two of the three pole positions for the three races of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship at the 4.574 kilometres long Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg. Thus, the Italian got himself into a good position to further extend his lead in the drivers’ standings. Alex Lynn (Prema Powerteam) will be starting next to him in the first race. Tom Blomqvist (Eurointernational) is second on the grid for the second race. In second qualifying, Daniil Kvyat (Carlin) came to the fore in the final second. The guest driver demoted his team-mate Jordan King (Carlin) to second. 

Starting grid for race 1
Raffaele Marciello (1:33.623 minutes) was involved in a thrilling battle for first place with Lucas Auer (Prema Powerteam, 1:33.776 minutes), Sven Müller (ma-con, 1:33.974 minutes) and Alex Lynn (1:33.745 minutes). Eventually, the Italian came out on top. The protégé of the Ferrari Driver Academy and the current FIA Formula 3 European Championship points’ leader was 0.122 seconds faster than his team-mate Alex Lynn. Lucas Auer scored another success for the Prema Powerteam by finishing third. Tom Blomqvist (1:33.832 minutes), Félix Serrallés (Fortec Motorsports, 1:33.841 minutes) and Sven Müller rounded out the first six positions.

Starting grid for race 2
In the ranking for the second-fastest laps, Raffaele Marciello (1:33.685 minutes) also came out on top. The 18-year old ended up ahead of Tom Blomqvist (1:33.938 minutes), who was second. For the driver of the Red Bull Junior Team and his team Eurointernational, this is the best qualifying result to date in the 2013 FIA Formula 3 European Championship season. Lucas Auer (1:34.015 minutes) repeated third place from Félix Serrallés (1:34.040 minutes), Sven Müller (1:34.094 minutes) and Josh Hill (Fortec Motorsports, 1:34.214 minutes). 

Starting grid for race 3
In second qualifying, the starting grid positions for the third race were determined. Daniil Kvyat (1:33.367 minutes) only toppled Jordan King (1:33.418 minutes) fron first place in the final stages. Thus, the Russian is the first guest driver to claim a fastest qualifying time in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship. With Kvyat and King, two Carlin drivers are on the front row of the grid on Sunday. After an excursion by Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport, 1:33.536 minutes), qualifying was interrupted for a while. Although he wasn’t able to take part anymore in the final six minutes, he kept his fourth place from Lucas Auer (1:33.486 minutes) until the end. Félix Serrallés (1:33.574 minutes) and Alex Lynn (1:33.583 minutes) followed in fifth and sixth place. 

Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam)
“In first qualifying, the car was great and I am happy with my two pole positions. In the second part, however, I had some problems with my car and therefore, it didn’t go so well anymore. That is a pity, but when I win the two races in which I am starting from pole, I have scored a lot of points, too.”

Daniil Kvyat (Carlin)
“Being on pole position for my maiden Formula 3 race is really great and a special feeling. I am very happy. My lap was mega. I am especially happy that I have beaten some drivers who already have been in Formula 3 for three years. I am feeling really well and everything fits well.