The EuroSpeedway layout for 2014.
|Date||12th - 14th September 2014|
|Official Name||DTM Lausitzring 2014|
|Location||EuroSpeedway, Klettwitz, Brandenburg|
|Lap length||3.48km (2.16mi)|
|Distance||52 laps (180.96km (112.44mi))|
|Pascal Wehrlein||Christian Vietoris||Timo Scheider|
|Winner Team||Team HWA|
|Fastest Lap||1:19.782 on lap 42|
History was made on raceday, as Pascal Wehrlein became the youngest ever winner in the history of the DTM when he crossed the line in the lead of the race. His feat was, however, overshadowed by sixth place finisher Wehrlein, who took the title to set a record for the earliest title victory after Mattias Ekström retired and Edoardo Mortara failed to score.
Ahead of the weekend, all of the attention was on Champion elect Marco Wittmann, whose 64 point lead meant he could seal the title at the EuroSpeedway. The German youngster would win the title outright with victory, regardless of the results of Mattias Ekström or Edoardo Mortara. For the title fight to continue, either Ekstrom, Mortara or Mike Rockenfeller would need to get onto the podium, with Wittmann failing to score at all. Otherwise, the title looked set to head in the way of the youngster, with only 50 points left to fight for after the Lausitzring break.
BMW Team RMG looked to stretch their already substantial advantage in the Teams' Championship at the Lausitzring, almost 70 points ahead before the weekend. Abt Sportsline and Team Abt seemed to be the only potential challengers to them, although, like the Drivers' battle, the fight already looked over. Team HWA, meanwhile, were the best of the Mercedes teams, all the way down in sixth.
Below is the entry list for the Lausitzring 2014:
Qualifying at the Lausitzring was disrupted during the first session, after Joey Hand, the first man onto the circuit, spun into the gravel trap at turn eight. With his BMW beached, and the slippery surface of the circuit meaning that the drivers were on the very limit of control, the red flag was thrown to recover the stranded BMW. The DMSB opted to end the session there and then, with the ten remaining minutes added to Q2, and all 22 cars (Hand being out of the session) continuing on to the second session.
The hiatus allowed the track to dry a little more, meaning times tumbled during the second session and ultimately allowed some unexpcted performances. As Edoardo Mortara faltered, Pascal Wehrlein snatched pole postion for the first time in his DTM career, ahead of Mattias Ekström. With Marco Wittmann down in seventh, the Swede had the chance to deny the German for another weekend, although Wittmann only needed to finish fifth to win.
Vitaly Petrov enjoyed his best session of the season to take fourteenth, as six of the BMWs populated the bottom third of the field. Adding to their woes were Martin Tomczyk and Augusto Farfus, who were both slapped with penalties for blocking during Q2. Joining the Bavarian back field was Paul di Resta, who struggled to get a clean lap in the difficult conditions, an issue shared by Swiss Nico Müller.
- * Q1 was abandoned after Hand spun into the gravel before anyone could set a time.
- † Farfus and Tomczyk were dropped five places for blocking in the pitlane during the second session.
Heavy rain on Sunday morning meant that the circuit was wet as the cars started their formation lap, with the majority starting on wets. Only Edoardo Mortara gambled on slick tyres from thirteenth, with the Italian hoping that he could leap through the field to keep his slim title hopes alive. With wet conditions declared, the pitwindow was removed, although drivers would still have to make a mandatory pitstop during the race.
Electric starts by Daniel Juncadella and Jamie Green off the line launched them up to second and third respectively, although both tried to round Pascal Wehrlein who just managed to avoid their clutches. Mattias Ekström, meanwhile, made a terrible start and fell straight into the mid pack, although he remained ahead of Wittmann for the time being. Mortara, meanwhile, struggled to get his slick tyres up to temperature for the start, and so slipped to the very back of the field in the opening stages.
Christian Vietoris forced his way up the inside of Green at the end of the first lap, before drafting past Juncadella for second into turn one. The Brit then followed the German through to effectively hold onto third, while Martin Tomczyk was spun round by team mate Bruno Spengler. Back at the front and Ekstrom made a rare mistake, throwing his car into the gravel at turn eight, although his rallying past kicked in and the Swede made his way back onto the circuit. However, it was advantage Wittmann for the title, with Ekstrom tumbling and Mortara already thirty seconds behind after just two laps.
Green made a mistake on the exit of turn eight, throwing himself into a spin after touching the outside kerb although the Brit caught the spin and continued having dropped to sixth. The following laps saw Green launch a response which involved a bold move on Wittmann into turn one, the Brit diving past the Champion elect on the brakes. Wehrlein, meanwhile, was pulling ever ahead, gaining almost a second a lap on Vietoris, and over six seconds on Mortara.
Yellow flags were thrown at turn five after António Félix da Costa spun onto the grass on the outside of the circuit, meaning he was the first car to retire. Adrien Tambay was reported to the stewards for causing the incident as Spengler opted to pit for slicks, an optimistic call given Mortara's struggles. Mike Rockenfeller, in the mean time, barged his way past Timo Glock for seventh, inadvertently opening the door to Robert Wickens to get onto his tail.
Down the main straight and Rockenfeller lauched a swift attack on Wittmann, claiming sixth a lap later with a dive down the inside of the final corner. Once again, Wickens was able to take advantage of Rocky's move, and snuck his Mercedes down the inside of the BMW for seventh into the first corner. Further round the lap and Wickens forced his way past Rockenfeller for sixth, giving a slight nudge to the Audi as they came off the back straight.
Wickens was placed under investigation for the incident, but he was busy harassing Green for fifth at the time. Their battle was decided by another mistake by Green, who mirrored Ekstrom's off earlier in the race and ran across the gravel, dropping behind the Swede. Green began fighting back immediately to recover for a second time in the race as Wickens was given a warning for causing contact. Wehrlein, meanwhile, made a minor mistake to lose a couple of seconds, having lapped Spengler and Mortara on their slicks.
Wickens was again in the stewards eyes barely moments later, as he joined a list of five drivers under investigation for ignoring yellow flags. He was penalised as was Juncadella, as several drivers decided that it was time to complete their stops. Ekstrom was one of those to pit, a move that proved fatal for his title challenge when he lost his front left wheel. Wickens, meanwhile, was battling past Wittmann for the second time in the race, while Paul di Resta, up from the back of the field, was also placing the Champion elect under pressure.
Green tapped the back of Tomczyk into turn six, sending both into a spin in what looked a purely accidental move. The stewards disagreed, however, sending the Brit for a trip through the pitlane as punishment, as the field swept in to change to slick, and soft, tyres as the halfway mark passed. With the majority of the field on slicks, DRS was activated for the first time on lap 35, meaning that cars within two seconds of another had the aid of the moveable rear wing.
Paul di Resta remained in the top six after the stops, and now found himself defending from Wittmann as Wehrlein lapped Spengler and Mortara for a second time. Their battle was concluded after di Resta suffered a failure through turn eight, putting him out of the race, while Timo Scheider fought a rear guard action from Juncadella to hold third. Gary Paffett, meanwhile, lost part of his rear bumper after going for a gap between Green and Adrien Tambay into turn nine. The Mercedes was forced across the front of the Playboy Audi after Green drifted across in the braking zone, with the blue and yellow Merc losing some of the aero pieces on the rear left corner.
The closing stages saw Scheider's defence become an attack, the drying track seeing him drag Vietoris into his sights for second as Juncadella held station. Rockenfeller and Joey Hand were under investigation for an incident, the German receiving a warning for causing the American to spin, while Green was forced to drag his Audi into the pits to retire with four laps to go. Scheider latched onto the back of Vietoris with just one lap to go, and threw everything at the Mercedes in an attempt to get past.
But, out front, Wehrlein completed an impressive display to become the youngest ever winner in DTM history, ahead of Vietoris and Scheider. But, his achievement was overshadowed by Wittmann, whose sixth place finish meant he won the title, and became the earliest winner of the crown. Their respective results ensured that 2014 would be remembered as the year of the youngsters, with Scheider the only member of the old guard to score a top five finish.
The second race final result is displayed below:
|Lausitzring 2014 Race Result|
|Pos.||No.||Nat.||Name||Team||Laps||Race Time||Fastest lap||Pts.|
|1||25||Pascal Wehrlein||Team HWA||52||1:15:47.314||1:19.976||25|
|2||5||Christian Vietoris||Team HWA||52||+15.418s||1:20.464||18|
|3||2||Timo Scheider||Team Phoenix||52||+15.681s||1:19.782||15|
|4||19||Daniel Juncadella||Mücke Motorsport||52||+18.024s||1:19.978||12|
|5||12||Robert Wickens||Team HWA||52||+32.677s||1:20.317||10|
|6||23||Marco Wittmann||BMW Team RMG||52||+48.435s||1:20.415||8|
|7||3||Augusto Farfus||BMW Team RBM||52||+1:02.380||1:20.693||6|
|8||10||Martin Tomczyk||BMW Team Schnitzer||52||+1:07.705||1:20.445||4|
|9||8||Miguel Molina||Abt Sportsline||52||+1:08.719||1:20.343||2|
|10||1||Mike Rockenfeller||Team Phoenix||52||+1:13.480||1:21.270||1|
|11||4||Joey Hand||BMW Team RBM||52||+1:14.734||1:20.929|
|12||20||Vitaly Petrov||Mücke Motorsport||52||+1:19.199||1:20.461|
|13||11||Gary Paffett||Team HWA||51||+1 lap||1:20.739|
|14||24||Maxime Martin||BMW Team RMG||51||+1 lap||1:20.257|
|15||9||Bruno Spengler||BMW Team Schnitzer||50||+2 laps||1:20.273|
|16||15||Edoardo Mortara||Team Abt||50||+2 laps||1:20.074|
|17||21||Jamie Green||Team Rosberg||48||+4 laps||1:20.174|
|18||16||Adrien Tambay||Team Abt||41||+11 laps||1:20.843|
|Ret||6||Paul di Resta||Team HWA||38||Overheating||1:22.081|
|Ret||7||Mattias Ekström||Abt Sportsline||26||Wheel||1:31.025|
|Ret||17||Timo Glock||BMW Team MTEK||19||Retired||1:31.491|
|Ret||22||Nico Müller||Team Rosberg||14||Engine||1:31.094|
|Ret||18||António Félix da Costa||BMW Team MTEK||6||Spin||1:32.413|
- Indicates a driver started on wet tyres. Indicates a driver who started on soft or "option" tyres.
With sixth place, and eight points in the bag, Marco Wittmann was officially the 2014 DTM Championship Champion with two races to spare. Mattias Ekström, Edoardo Mortara and Mike Rockenfeller were left to fight for second, while Christian Vietoris looked set to finish as the best Mercedes driver, having leapt up to second in the table to join the chase to be runner up. Pascal Wehrlein leapt through the field following his victory, breaking into the top ten.
The strongest showing of the season by the three pointed star also meant that they climbed up the order in the Teams' Championship, Team HWA returning to the top five. Mücke Motorsport remained bottom of the table, but had made gains once again through Daniel Juncadella, while Wehrlein's single handed efforts brought the third HWA team within a point of the second outfit. Mercedes also made progress in the Brand's battle, although they had no hope of catching Audi or BMW, who left the EuroSpeedway in another stalemate.
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- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 'A PREMIERE IN THE LAUSITZ: PASCAL WEHRLEIN CLAIMS POLE POSITION', dtm.com, (ITR e.V., 13/09/2014), http://www.dtm.com/en/news/premiere-lausitz-pascal-wehrlein-claims-pole-position-2014-09-13.html, (Accessed 13/10/2015)