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Flag of Germany 2014 Hockenheim I
Hockenheimring
The Hockenheimring
Race Information
Date 2nd - 4th May
Official Name DTM Season Opener 2014
Location Flag of Germany Hockenheim, Baden-Württemberg
Lap length 4.574km (2.842mi)
Distance 42 laps (192.1km (119.4mi))
Qualifying
Pole Flag of France Adrien Tambay
Team Flag of Germany Abt Sportsline
Time 1:32.272
Race Result
First Second Third
Flag of Germany Marco Wittmann Flag of Sweden Mattias Ekström Flag of France Adrien Tambay
Winner Team Flag of Germany BMW Team RMG
Time 1:06:40.548
Fastest Lap
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Fastest Lap Unknown on lap {{{lapno}}}
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 The 2014 Season Opener, held at the Hockenheimring in Baden-Württemberg, Germany, was the opening round of the 2014 DTM Season, held in early May.[1] the race itself saw the debut of the BMW M4 DTM, as well as Maxime Martin, António Félix da Costa (both BMW, Nico Müller (Audi) and Vitaly Petrov (Mercedes).[2]

Marco Wittmann took his maiden race victory in the DTM by winning the season opener, after Adrien Tambay had claimed his maiden pole position in qualifying.[2][3] Mattias Ekström and Tambay completed the podium, as Mercedes failed to score a point in the opening race of the season.[2] Pascal Wehrlein was their best driver in eleventh.

BackgroundEdit

Mike Rockenfeller came to the opening round of 2014 as the defending Champion, and was among the favourites to take the title. BMW, meanwhile, had signed up two new drivers, António Félix da Costa and Maxime Martin in their expanded squad for the season. They were equipped with the new M4 DTM, which had been developed through 2013 for the Championship and was expected to give BMW an advantage over the rest of the field.

There were also new faces at Audi and Mercedes, with Nico Müller joining Jamie Green at Team Rosberg, and Vitaly Petrov taking over the second Mücke Motorsport entry. Hockenheim also saw the return of 2010 DTM Champion Paul di Resta, as he reinforced Team HWA's ranks after being pushed out of Force India in Formula One. 

EntriesEdit

Below is the entry list for the 2014 Hockenheim I:

2014 Hockenheim I Entry List
No. Nat. Name Entrant Car
1 Flag of Germany Mike Rockenfeller Team Phoenix Audi RS5 DTM
2 Flag of Germany Timo Scheider Team Phoenix Audi RS5 DTM
3 Flag of Brazil Augusto Farfus BMW Team RBM BMW M4 DTM
4 Flag of USA Joey Hand BMW Team RBM BMW M4 DTM
5 Flag of Germany Christian Vietoris Team HWA Mercedes C63 DTM
6 Flag of Scotland Paul di Resta Team HWA Mercedes C63 DTM
7 Flag of Sweden Mattias Ekström Abt Sportsline Audi RS5 DTM
8 Flag of Spain Miguel Molina Abt Sportsline Audi RS5 DTM
9 Canadian Flag Bruno Spengler BMW Team Schnitzer BMW M4 DTM
10 Flag of Germany Martin Tomczyk BMW Team Schnitzer BMW M4 DTM
11 Flag of Britain Gary Paffett Team HWA Mercedes C63 DTM
12 Canadian Flag Robert Wickens Team HWA Mercedes C63 DTM
15 Flag of Italy Edoardo Mortara Team Abt Audi RS5 DTM
16 Flag of France Adrien Tambay Team Abt Audi RS5 DTM
17 Flag of Germany Timo Glock BMW Team MTEK BMW M4 DTM
18 Flag of Portugal António Félix da Costa BMW Team MTEK BMW M4 DTM
19 Flag of Spain Daniel Juncadella Mücke Motorsport Mercedes C63 DTM
20 Flag of Russia Vitaly Petrov Mücke Motorsport Mercedes C63 DTM
21 Flag of Britain Jamie Green Team Rosberg Audi RS5 DTM
22 Flag of Switzerland Nico Müller Team Rosberg Audi RS5 DTM
23 Flag of Germany Marco Wittmann BMW Team RMG BMW M4 DTM
24 Flag of Belgium Maxime Martin BMW Team RMG BMW M4 DTM
25 Flag of Germany Pascal Wehrlein HWA AG Mercedes C63 DTM
Source

QualifyingEdit

Qualifying was split into three parts, with Q1 lasting for thirteen minutes, Q2 lasting for 11 minutes, and the final part, Q3, running for nine minutes.[3] Another feature of qualifying was the elimination of the slowest cars from each session, with all 23 cars running in Q1.[3] The slowest five were then to be dropped, with the top eighteen entering Q2.[3] The final part of Qualifying determined the top eight grid positions, after the ten slowest drivers from Q2 were eliminiated.[3]

Q1Edit

Marco Wittmann set the pace in Q1, after Edoardo Mortara set the first competitive time of the 2014 Season.[3] Adrien Tambay made a late charge to set the fifth fastest time of the session, having been last to that point to avoid the drop, with Mercedes appearing to be in serious trouble.[3] This was shown when Paul di Resta, Daniel Juncadella, Robert Wickens, Christian Vietoris and debutant Vitaly Petrov were dumped out of qualifying at the end of the session.[3]

Q2Edit

Mortara was the man setting the pace in a tight Q2 session, as most drivers found around half a second on their Q1 times.[3] Jamie Green was a surprise struggler in Q2, almost crashing out of the session at the Sachskurve, before being eliminated as the slowest of man in Q2.[3] Also out went the remaining two Mercedes of Gary Paffett and Pascal Wehrlein (fourteenth and fifteenth respectively), Team Phoenix's pair of Mike Rockenfeller and Timo Scheider, as well as fellow Audi runner Nico Müller.[3] Augusto Farfus, Joey Hand and Maxime Martin were the other drivers to be eliminated from qualifying, as eight progressed to the pole position shootout.

Q3Edit

Miguel Molina was the first to set a competitive time, although that was almost immediately surpassed by Wittmann and Mattias Ekström.[3] Tambay, Bruno Spengler and António Félix da Costa were the next to sit at the top, although da Costa's time was then dropped for exceeding the track limits.[3] In the final minute, Tambay improved on his time to secure pole, with Wittmann falling short by a tenth, himself holding a similar gap to Spengler.[3] Ekstrom led the Audi challenge in Q3 with fifth, Molina taking sixth and Mortara seventh, as the BMW of Martin Tomczyk rounded out the top eight.[3]

After the session, Molina was excluded from the qualifying result for a technical infringement, meaning all of the drivers from seventh onwards were pushed up a position.[4] Molina's car was not fitted with a dummy camera, a technical requirement highlighted in the DMSB rule book.[4]

Post-QualifyingEdit

The results of qualifying for race two are shown below.

2014 Hockenheim I Qualifying Result
Pos. No. Nat. Name Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Grid
1 16 Flag of France Adrien Tambay Team Abt 1:33.263 1:32.538 1:32.272 1
2 23 Flag of Germany Marco Wittmann BMW Team RMG 1:32.835 1:32.573 1:32.419 2
3 9 Canadian Flag Bruno Spengler BMW Team Schnitzer 1:33.033 1:32.595 1:32.600 3
4 18 Flag of Portugal António Félix da Costa BMW Team MTEK 1:32.841 1:32.564 1:32.608 4
5 7 Flag of Sweden Mattias Ekström Abt Sportsline 1:33.019 1:32.558 1:32.624 5
6 15 Flag of Italy Edoardo Mortara Team Abt 1:33.068 1:32.535 1:32.898 6
7 10 Flag of Germany Martin Tomczyk BMW Team Schnitzer 1:33.576 1:32.544 1:33.113 7
8 17 Flag of Germany Timo Glock BMW Team MTEK 1:33.129 1:33.603 No Time 8
9 2 Flag of Germany Timo Scheider Team Phoenix 1:33.383 1:32.706 9
10 1 Flag of Germany Mike Rockenfeller Team Phoenix 1:33.186 1:32.717 10
11 3 Flag of Brazil Augusto Farfus BMW Team RBM 1:33.127 1:32.739 11
12 22 Flag of Switzerland Nico Müller Team Rosberg 1:32.066 1:32.756 12
13 24 Flag of Belgium Maxime Martin BMW Team RMG 1:32.887 1:32.792 13
14 11 Flag of Britain Gary Paffett Team HWA 1:33.179 1:32.834 14
15 25 Flag of Germany Pascal Wehrlein Team HWA 1:33.406 1:32.840 15
16 4 Flag of USA Joey Hand BMW Team RBM 1:33.427 1:32.885 16
17 21 Flag of Britain Jamie Green Team Rosberg 1:33.245 1:32.986 17
18 6 Flag of Britain Paul di Resta Team HWA 1:33.639 No Time 18
19 19 Flag of Spain Daniel Juncadella Mücke Motorsport 1:33.746 19
20 12 Canadian Flag Robert Wickens Team HWA 1:33.875 20
21 5 Flag of Germany Christian Vietoris Team HWA 1:34.242 21
22 20 Flag of Russia Vitaly Petrov Mücke Motorsport 1:34.367 22
EXC* 8 Flag of Spain Miguel Molina Abt Sportsline Excluded 23
Source
  • * Molina excluded from the final result after Q3.[4]

RaceEdit

There were no further changes to the grid after Molina's penalty, with a dry Sunday afternoon beckoning for the grid.[2] The race was scheduled to start at 13:00, and the drivers were sent for their formation lap as the start time approached.[2]

ReportEdit

Adrien Tambay made a clean start from pole to lead into the first corner, as Bruno Spengler jumped Marco Wittmann off the line.[2] Jamie Green ran wide around the first corner to avoid the pack, but would suffer later on, hitting the back of Farfus into the hairpin, damaging the front of his RS5.[2] Timo Scheider and Edoardo Mortara had a physical battle over sixth, which included Timo Glock and Martin Tomczyk into the hairpin.[2] Back at the front, Wittmann was quick to repass Spengler before the end of the first lap, as Tambay pulled a small gap.[2]

Green was pulled into the pits with a mechanical warning flag, ultimately retiring due to the damage caused in the collision, as Wittmann made a dive into the hairpin to take the lead.[2] The young German managed to get his M4 stopped in time, snatching Tambay's first place before pulling a clear lead in a matter of moments.[2] In the mid-pack, the man on the move was Robert Wickens, who was heading a group of Mercs from the back of the grid.[2] Having started twentieth, Wickens was attacking Joey Hand for fourteenth on lap four, and was tenth before the end of the eighth lap.[2]

Timo Glock, Timo Scheider and António Félix da Costa were glued together in the battle for third, as the rookie pulled a stunning move into the hairpin to take the position from Glock.[2] It took Scheider several more laps to squeeze past, as Spengler began to fall away from the leaders.[2] Wickens pulled onto the back of his country man on lap nine, taking eighth away soon after, before adding Mattias Ekström to his list of overtakes.[2] The race calmed in the second quarter, as pitstops loomed ever closer.

The first into the pits was Glock, who swapped his soft tyres (which may only be used for 50% of the race at the most) for a set of hard tyres on lap nineteen.[2] The rest of the field swept into the pits over the next few laps, which was bad news for Daniel Juncadella.[2] The Spaniard was on his way out of the pits when Maxime Martin was released from his pitbox in his path, with Juncadella having to come to a full stop to avoid the Belgian.[2] Martin, for his part, was slapped with a drive-thru penalty for an unsafe release, compounded by the fact that the front left wheel of his M4 came off as he blocked Juncadella.[2] Juncadella lost around ten seconds in the incident, while Martin continued after a new set of tyres were bolted on.[2]

Wittmann and Tambay remained in the lead of the race after the stops, with Glock's early stop getting him back ahead of da Costa and Scheider.[2] Unfortunately for him, da Costa and Scheider were soon past, while Wickens, also on the hard tyres, began to tumble down the order.[2] The Canadian lost four places in the space of two laps, falling out of the points positions and never looking like getting back.[2] Christian Vietoris, whom had shadowed Wickens throughout, also began to suffer, having got ahead of his team mate during the stops.[2]

Edorardo Mortara's race was ruined by a puncture with eleven laps to go, causing him to lose alot of time with damage.[2] At the front, Scheider had caught and passed da Costa, but had not managed to pull a gap. When the former champion ran wide at the hairpin, da Costa tried to force the issue, causing them to collide and Scheider into a spin.[2] Scheider continued after losing time, while da Costa earned himself a puncture and a penalty for causing the collision.[2]

On the move in the closing stages, was Ekstrom, who had slipped on his set of soft tyres at the stops and begun to pick up places.[2] Scheider's spin through da Costa meant the Swede was fourth into the final few laps, taking Glock with five to go.[2] Pulling away from the former F1 driver at a rate of knots, Ekstrom was on the back of Tambay after a single lap, before using DRS to take second.[2]

Yet, Wittmann was one step ahead, with his early pace enough to earn him his maiden DTM victory, ahead of Ekstrom and Tambay.[2] Glock had fallen to fifth in the closing stages after Mike Rockenfeller dived past, while Scheider was spun round again, this time by Farfus, dumping the German down to ninth.[2] Hand picked up the final point for tenth, as Pascal Wehrlein missed out on tenth as the best placed Mercedes driver.[2]

ResultsEdit

The final result of the race is shown below, with the pole sitter shown in bold, and fastest lap in italics:

2014 Hockenheim I Race Result
Pos. No. Nat. Name Team Laps Race Time Fastest lap Pts.
1 23 Flag of Germany Marco WittmannOption BMW Team RMG 42 1:06:40.548 1:33.464 25
2 7 Flag of Sweden Mattias EkströmPrime Abt Sportsline 42 +12.869s 1:32.755 18
3 16 Flag of France Adrien Tambay Option Team Abt 42 +14.879s 1:33.490 15
4 1 Flag of Germany Mike RockenfellerPrime Team Phoenix 42 +17.593s 1:32.963 12
5 17 Flag of Germany Timo GlockOption BMW Team MTEK 42 +21.780s 1:33.717 10
6 9 Canadian Flag Bruno SpenglerPrime BMW Team Schnitzer 42 +23.513s 1:32.948 8
7 10 Flag of Germany Martin Tomczyk Prime BMW Team Schnitzer 42 +24.082s 1:32.532 6
8 3 Flag of Brazil Augusto FarfusPrime BMW Team RBM 42 +24.913s 1:32.734 4
9 2 Flag of Germany Timo ScheiderOption Team Phoenix 42 +26.138s 1:33.373 2
10 4 Flag of USA Joey HandPrime BMW Team RBM 42 +34.759s 1:33.978 1
11 25 Flag of Germany Pascal WehrleinPrime Team HWA 42 +53.857s 1:33.784
12 11 Flag of Britain Gary PaffettPrime Team HWA 42 +57.264s 1:33.603
13 8 Flag of Spain Miguel MolinaPrime Abt Sportsline 42 +59.161s 1:33.160
14 6 Flag of Britain Paul di RestaPrime Team HWA 42 +1:00.818 1:34.317
15 5 Flag of Germany Christian VietorisOption Team HWA 42 +1:02.062 1:34.945
16 22 Flag of Switzerland Nico MüllerPrime Team Rosberg 42 +1:02.479 1:32.723
17 20 Flag of Russia Vitaly PetrovPrime Mücke Motorsport 42 +1:06.591 1:34.037
18 12 Canadian Flag Robert WickensOption Team HWA 42 +1:11.152 1:34.575
19 19 Flag of Spain Daniel JuncadellaPrime Mücke Motorsport 41 +1 lap 1:34.305
20 24 Flag of Belgium Maxime MartinPrime BMW Team RMG 41 +1 lap 1:33.325
21 18 Flag of Portugal António Félix da CostaOption BMW Team MTEK 38 +4 laps 1:33.598
22 15 Flag of Italy Edoardo MortaraPrime Team Abt 31 +11 laps 1:32.662
Ret 21 Flag of Britain Jamie GreenOption Team Rosberg 2 Damage 1:46.961
Source
  • Option Indicates a driver started on soft or "option" tyres. Prime Indicates a driver started on hard or "prime" tyres.

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Marco Wittmann left Hockenheim at the head of the table, leading Mattias Ekström in the order that they finished the race. BMW Team RMG led the teams championship, as did BMW in the manufacturers championship, although Ekstrom was leading Abt Sportsline's challenge for their respective titles. Mercedes-Benz, meanwhile, looked to be in dire straits even at this early stage of the season, having failed to score at a round for the first time since the Manufacturer's title began in 2012.

 
2014 DTM Championship
Pos. Nat. Name Pts. +/-
1 Flag of Germany Marco Wittmann 25 ◄0
2 Flag of Sweden Mattias Ekström 18 ◄0
3 Flag of France Adrien Tambay 15 ◄0
4 Flag of Germany Mike Rockenfeller 12 ◄0
5 Flag of Germany Timo Glock 10 ◄0
6 Canadian Flag Bruno Spengler 8 ◄0
7 Flag of Germany Martin Tomczyk 6 ◄0
8 Flag of Brazil Augusto Farfus 4 ◄0
9 Flag of Germany Timo Scheider 2 ◄0
10 Flag of USA Joey Hand 1 ◄0
2014 Teams' Championship
Pos. Nat. Name Pts. +/-
1 Flag of Germany BMW Team RMG 25 ◄0
2 Flag of Germany Abt Sportsline 18 ◄0
3 Flag of Germany Team Abt 15 ◄0
4 Flag of Germany Team Phoenix 14 ◄0
5 Flag of Germany BMW Team MTEK 10 ◄0
6 Flag of Germany BMW Team Schnitzer 10 ◄0
7 Flag of Germany BMW Team RBM 5 ◄0


2014 Manufactuers' Championship
Pos. Nat. Name Pts. +/-
1 Flag of Germany BMW 54 ◄0
2 Flag of Germany Audi 47 ◄0
3 Flag of Germany Mercedes-Benz 0 ◄0

Only point scoring drivers and teams are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Videos and Images:

References:

  1. 'THE 2014 DTM RACES AT A GLANCE', dtm.com, (ITR e.V., 2014), http://www.ww.dtm.com/en/Races/DTM-Dates-2014/calendar.html, (Accessed 18/05/2015)
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 2.19 2.20 2.21 2.22 2.23 2.24 2.25 2.26 2.27 2.28 2.29 2.30 2.31 2.32 2.33 'Maiden DTM victory for Marco Wittmann and the BMW M4 DTM', dtm.com. (ITR e.V., 04/05/2014), http://www.ww.dtm.com/en/News/Maiden-DTM-victory-for-Marco-Wittmann-and-the-BMW-M4-DTM.html, (Accessed 18/05/2015)
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 'Adrien Tambay to start from pole position for season opener', dtm.com, (ITR e.V., 03/05/2014), http://www.ww.dtm.com/en/News/Adrien-Tambay-to-start-from-pole-position-for-season-opener.html, (Accessed 18/05/2015)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 'Miguel Molina excluded after qualifying', dtm.com, (ITR e.V., 03/05/2014), http://www.ww.dtm.com/en/News/Miguel-Molina-excluded-after-qualifying.html, (Accessed 18/05/2015)

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