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21 Marco Wittmann (D), BMW Team MTEK, BMW M3 DTM

Pole for DTM champion Bruno Spengler…

Spielberg. Reigning DTM champion Bruno Spengler (BMW) celebrated his maiden pole position of the season at the Red Bull Ring in Austria. In the final qualifying heat, the Canadian completed his lap at the 4.326 kilometres long track in the hills in 1:24.836 minutes. “One can never have enough pole positions. It was a great day with a great car. But this was only 50 percent of the work. The rest has to follow tomorrow,” said Spengler, who will be starting from first place on the grid in the DTM for the 15th time in his career already. 

Spengler’s fellow BMW driver and DTM rookie Marco Wittmann sparked a surprise by claiming second place on the grid. The 23-year old German only came 0.111 seconds short of the fastest time. “This is awesome. It was only my third qualifying in DTM, and I will be in second place at the start already,” Wittmann said.

Italian Edoardo Mortara eded up third. In 2012, the Audi driver had claimed pole position at Spielberg and then went on to win. “After my success from last year, third place on the grid is again a good result for me. In the first two races, things didn’t go too well and I am happy that we now have found the speed,” the 26-year old commented. 

With his BMW M3 DTM, fourth-placed Augusto Farfus already made it into the final qualifying heat for the third consecutive time. The 2008 and 2009 DTM champion, Timo Scheider, claimed fifth place on the grid with his Audi RS 5 DTM ahead of fellow Audi driver Filipe Albuquerque. 

Robert Wickens was the best-placed Mercedes-Benz driver in qualifying. The surprising third-placed from Brands Hatch will be starting seventh with his DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé. After qualifying, the Canadian said: “Unfortunately, I risked too much on my fast lap and I made a slight mistake. But in the DTM, that is already too much to be all the way at the top. Still, I am confident for the race, because the car is very good.”

Points’ leader Mike Rockenfeller ended up eighth in qualifying, but was dropped five positions on the grid as a penalty and will start from 13th place. In free practice, the Audi driver had disrespected a yellow flag and was penalised for it.

An overview of the tyre choice of each driver for the start of the race can be found at www.dtm.com in the evening. Drivers can choose between the standard tyre or the option tyre from series’ partner Hankook, which can only be used during the race. The third season round covers 47 laps and 203.322 kilometres and will start on Sunday at 13.30 hrs. ARD is already 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.”

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MARCO WITTMANN ON TOP IN FINAL DAY OF TESTING –

Barcelona – Marco Wittmann made for the final fastest lap time the of the official four-day ITR tests at Barcelona. On Friday, in perfect weather conditions with temperatures of about 21.5° C, the DTM rookie hat was the quickest driver at the Circuit de Catalunya. He set his fastest time as early as in the morning session by crossing the line of the circuit’s 2.977-kilometre version with his BMW M3 DTM in 1:06.451 minutes.

Second position on the time sheets of day four was secured by Pascal Wehrlein, who is about to contest his first season on the grid of the most popular international touring-car series – just as Wittmann. With his DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé, 18-year old Wehrlein set a personal fastest lap time of 1:06.687 minutes and was the fastest in the afternoon session – but finished 0.235 seconds behind Wittmann, in the end. Christian Vietoris (Mercedes-Benz) came third, with his personal fastest lap time of1:06,706 minutes, followed by the best Audi driver, Timo Scheider. The fastest lap time Scheider achieved with his RS 5 DTM (1:06,844 minutes) was 0.393 seconds slower than the one of Wittmann.

Thanks to Wittmann, BMW also secured one of the fastest lap times on the Barcelona time sheets. On the previous three days, the fastest lap times were secured by the two Mercedes-Benz drivers Robert Wickens (Tuesday/1:06.735 minutes) and Gary Paffett (Wednesday/1:06.149) as well as Audi’s new signing Jamie Green (Thursday/1:07.171). So, Paffett also proved to be the quickest of the entire four days of testing. While the fastest man on Friday also was the busiest: Marco Wittmann completed 220 laps, representing a total mileage of 654.94 kilometres, on a single day of testing at Barcelona.

Prior to the season kick-off, held on 05th May at the Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg, the teams of Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz will have another four days of testing for their preparations for the coming season. From 09th to 12th April, Hockenheim will be the venue of the second and final ITR tests, with the 09th April also representing the official DTM Media Day.

On the four days of the first official ITR tests, the teams and drivers gathered a lot of – predominantly positive – experiences with two technical innovations. The one innovation were the new Hankook option tyres and the other the new Drag Reduction System, DRS, that allows the drivers to change the adjustment of the rear wing for a certain amount of time to temporarily increase their top speed.

Quotes after day four:

Timo Scheider (Audi): “Being back at the wheel of a racing car after such a long time was fantastic. First of all I had to familiarise myself with the DTM car but I succeeded in doing so very well. It may sound like a standard comment but we completed 90 percent of our scheduled programme. Nonetheless, it is extremely difficult to make reliable assessments. It was sunny at warm, at times, and then again overcast and colder. Therefore, the track conditions differed a lot. On Friday afternoon I covered my first kilometres with the option tyres – and they represented a huge positive surprise. Driving the DTM car on these tyres is truly big fun. Afterwards, you just don’t want to switch back to the standard tyres. And the DRS also makes an impact. I think it was time for making some changes. The fans want to see overtaking manoeuvres and both the DRS and the option tyres will be helpful to achieve this goal.”

Andy Priaulx (BMW): “Contesting such a test with your new team is really nice. We used the time to get to know one another better – and I quickly found a good rhythm. I definitely will leave Barcelona with a lot of positive experiences under my belt. The option tyre is quick and rather consistent. And when you go out again on the standard tyres after a stint on the options you have to re-adapt. That’s an interesting challenge.”

Christian Vietoris (Mercedes-Benz): “I had two rather positive days of testing. We had no technical problems whatsoever and consequently, we could make optimum use of the time by gaining a lot of important insights. And in this year, with the limited test time available to us, this is of particular importance. The crew also cooperated fantastically and did a great job. I’ve also got a very positive feeling regarding the DRS but at this point in time it’s difficult to say how big the advantage will be, in the end.”

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Marco Wittmann


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Q: In 2010, your second year in F3 Euro Series, you finished second in the Championship, on a scale of 1-10 how would you rate your season?

A: Well difficult to say, cause I had ups and downs during the season. But at the end I would say something around 7 and 8.

Q: The season saw your first pole and win, how much confidence did you gain from these achievements?

A: I mean I felt already from the first race confident. I started the season 2010 with a new team, with new partners, with a new engine – quite a lot of changes. But I felt comfortable and straight ahead it worked already in Le Castellet.

Q: Apart from victory and pole, what were some of your best performances of the season?

A: After Hockenheim, I would say Norisring. We had a strong weekend with two second places. There we scored a lot of points and especially in front of my home.

Q: And moments you don’t wish to remember?

A: Valencia was really a weekend to forget with only one point. Also Oschersleben we struggled a lot.

Q: This year you had VW power, how is their engine in performance and drivability compared to power you had last year, Mercedes?

A: It’s difficult to compare which is better or which not – at the end I have to say both of them are on the same level. I think the difference of success make the team and driver performance.

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Q: Was VW power main reason for switching from Mücke to Signature team this season?

A: VW Motorsport gave me the opportunity to drive for them with Signature. I got a great support from all of them during 2010 – so at the end it was the best step I did in my career.

Q: How was your experience in Macau where you finished fourth?

A: For me it was great experience. The country, the people and of course the track – completely different to Europe 😉

Q: Do you enjoy street racing as much as racing at Spa?

A: Haha – that’s a good question 😉 I love both 😉 I really like street circuits but I won already in past in Spa and love this track as well. So I can’t give you an answer which I prefer 😉

Q: You are part of Gravity Management, if Eric Bouiller was to ask you what series you want to race in 2011, what will be your answer?

A: Sometimes it’s not only what you want, it’s something where you have the best opportunity to grow up and step up for the future! Of course my dream is to reach F1 but for the moment it’s really difficult to arrive at that target because you have to bring a lot of money to get a seat.

Q: You went from 18th in points in last year’s championship to second this year with 10 podium finishes, what did you learn most from last year that helped you this year?

A: I’m sure I was already 2009 quick. But we had a lot of problems with the teams and of course I did mistakes as well. This year I think I was strong in races, did less mistakes also compared to the other drivers.

Q: What is your favorite German track?

A: Hockenheim.

Q: Your friend and home boy, the new world champion, Sebastian Vettel, is fond of saying ‘I don’t need a Manager, I can get to the track on my own,’ do you agree with him? How important has been Gravity in the guidance and success of your career?

A: Well Sebastian was always a Red Bull driver, so they gave him the money to drive – at the end he didn’t need a manager! May be now it’s for him necessary. I have not a big sponsor who is paying for me the seasons – for that I’m part of Gravity – which support me through the years.

Q: You also had a long and successful karting career, can one become a good racing driver without karting experience?

A: I don’t know, but I know nearly all who have been good in karting, have been also quick in single seaters.


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Q: Please tell us about Marco Wittmann, the young man and not the racer? Like your taste in food and music, and what sports you enjoy apart from motorsports?

A: Well next to motorsport I’m still working as a body worker on cars. I like to do a lot of sport and if there is free time I go also out with some friends to meet them. Italian food is the best of all 😉

For more information please visit www.marco-wittmann.de


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Edoardo Mortara now a two times’ Macau winner!

Edoardo Mortara (Signature) wrote motorsport history at the 6.12 kilometres long Guia circuit. The Italian became the first driver to win the Macau Grand Prix, the unofficial Formula 3 World Finale. Thus, the reigning Formula 3 Euro Series champion crowned his successful season. He was followed home by Laurens Vanthoor (Signature), Valtteri Bottas (Prema Powerteam) and Marco Wittmann (Signature). Six of the eight best-placed drivers in the Macau Grand Prix raced in this year’s Formula 3 Euro Series.

At the start of the race, Mortara claimed the lead from pole position. After the first safety car intervention which was caused by a startline crash, Daniel Abt (Signature) and Laurens Vanthoor overtook Mortara. The latter used the restart after another safety car intervention due to an accident of Daniel Abt to claim back the lead of the race. Eventually, 23-year old Mortara scored a safe win from Vanthoor, Bottas and Witmann. Fifth place for Renger van der Zande (Motopark Academy) was a good result for his team in its first participation in the Macau Formula 3 Grand Prix.

Edoardo Mortara (Signature): “Having made history with my second victory in Macau is a great honour for me. It wasn’t easy, because especially Laurens, Valtteri and Daniel were tough opponents. I had to give 120 percent and drive like in qualifying to pull a gap in order to prevent the drivers behind me from getting a slipstream.”

Laurens Vanthoor (Signature): “The second safety car intervention didn’t help me, because Edoardo was able to overtake me out of the slipstream. However, I am happy with second place, Edoardo was just too fast today. He has deserved to be in the history books now.”

Valtteri Bottas (Prema Powerteam): “I am especially happy for my team Prema and for Mercedes with this third place. My problem is that Marco Wittmann overtook me at the second restart. When I had finally been able to get my position back, Edoardo and Laurens were already too far away.”