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Norisring
The Norisring circuit for 2014
Race Information
Date 27th - 29th June
Official Name DTM Norisring 2014
Location Flag of Germany Nuremberg
Lap length 2.300km (1.429mi)
Distance 82 laps (262.400km (163.048mi))
Qualifying
Pole Canadian Flag Robert Wickens
Team Flag of Germany Team HWA
Time 0:47.883
Race Result
First Second Third
Canadian Flag Robert Wickens Flag of Britain Jamie Green Flag of Sweden Mattias Ekström
Winner Team Flag of Germany Team HWA
Time 1:15:21.118
Fastest Lap
Driver Flag of Sweden Mattias Ekström
Fastest Lap 0:48.610 on lap 79
Race Guide
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 The Norisring 2014 meeting was the fourth round of the 2014 DTM Championship, held at the Norising in Nuremberg, Germany.[1] A fan and driver favourite, the Norisring circuit measures just 2.3km in length, and is considered to be the 'Monte Carlo of Germany' when it comes to motorracing.[1]

Robert Wickens took pole and victory in what was the strongest showing by Mercedes-Benz for some time, although a poor race saw them pick up but a fraction of the points their qualifying pace promised.[2] Jamie Green and Mattias Ekström completed the podium, with Pascal Wehrlein the only other Mercedes driver to score any points, despite the marque's pace.[2]

BackgroundEdit

Marco Wittmann enjoyed a nineteen point margin over his nearest title rival Mike Rockenfeller after the Hungaroring round, an advantage that looked set to remain at the Norisring. Edoardo Mortara, Miguel Molina and Adrien Tambay completed the top five, with Christian Vietoris, the only man other than Wittmann to have won a race in 2014, in sixth, and first of the Mercedes drivers.

BMW Team RMG led the way in the Team's Championship, a five point margin holding Team Abt at bay after the Hungarian battle. Abt Sportsline were in close attendance in third, with Team Phoenix in a tight battle with Team HWA over fourth. Two teams, Mücke Motorsport and the one car outfit of Team HWA (Pascal Wehrlein's entry) had yet to score.

Mercedes' hopes of ending their poor run of results (despite Vietoris' victory) was most lilely to end at the Norisring, at track that the three pointed star has historically gone well at. That said, the gap between themselves and BMW in second was enough that almost all of the Mercedes cars would have to score, without BMW scoring at all, just to get them back into the battle for second. Audi, meanwhile, held a comfortable lead at the summit, yet were without a race win so far.

EntriesEdit

Below is the entry list for the Norisring 2014:

Norisring 2014 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 at the Norisring followed the format used throughout the season, with a thirteen minute Q1 session involving all 23 cars, followed by the eleven minute Q2 session.[3] Once the slowest ten of the eighteen in Q2 were removed the final nine minute Q3 session saw the top eight fight for pole position.[3]

Q1Edit

The king of Q1 proved to be Mattias Ekström, although the gap to second placed Robert Wickens was just 0.001s, the last significant figure that the timekeepers could measure.[3] Wickens was leading a renaissance for Mercedes as, for the first time, six of their cars escaped elimination from qualifying, having lost four or more in the previous three races.[3] Only Vitaly Petrov, making his debut, fell for the three pointed star (and was dead last), joined by fellow Norisring novice António Félix da Costa.[3] Also out went BMW Team Schnitzer's Martin Tomczyk, and the two Audis of Timo Scheider and Edoardo Mortara.[3]

Q2Edit

Mike Rockenfeller led the field out for Q2, although that fact did little to aid his bid to get into Q3, as Mercedes proved their dominance in Nuremburg.[3] All five Team HWA run cars made it through, with Wickens heading them once again, closely followed by Christian Vietoris in second.[3] Jamie Green, at his personal favourite circuit (taking victory four times in the past), was the fastest of the Audis, preventing an all Mercedes top five in the session (down in fifth), just ahead of the sole survivng BMW of Marco Wittmann.[3] Ekstrom rouned out the top eight, having set an identical time to Gary Paffett, last of the Mercedes survivers in seventh.[3]

Q3Edit

Vietoris opened Q3 as the first man out of the pits, but it was Wickens who was on the move, setting the first competitive time of the session, before, a lap later, smashing through the 0:48.000 barrier.[3] Paul di Resta briefly overtook him, before, in the final minutes, Wickens leapt back ahead, taking pole with a time of 0:47.883, the fastest time of the weekend and a tenth faster than di Resta.[3] Green was once again fastest of the Audis in third, with Wehrlein and Paffett rounding ou the top five.[3] Vietoris ended the session in sixth, with Championship contenders Ekstrom and Wittmann set to share row four.[3]

With no incidents reported during the session, the DMSB confirmed the session result as it stood at the end of Q3.

Post-QualifyingEdit

The results of qualifying for race two are shown below.

Norisring 2014 Qualifying Result
Pos. No. Nat. Name Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Grid
1 12 Canadian Flag Robert Wickens Team HWA 0:48.115 0:48.016 0:47.883 1
2 6 Flag of Scotland Paul di Resta Team HWA 0:48.127 0:48.075 0:47.976 2
3 21 Flag of Britain Jamie Green Team Rosberg 0:48.241 0:48.082 0:47.995 3
4 25 Flag of Germany Pascal Wehrlein Team HWA 0:48.138 0:48.052 0:48.008 4
5 11 Flag of Britain Gary Paffett Team HWA 0:48.355 0:48.142 0:48.033 5
6 5 Flag of Germany Christian Vietoris Team HWA 0:48.124 0:48.028 0:48.033 6
7* 7 Flag of Sweden Mattias Ekström Abt Sportsline 0:48.114 0:48.142 0:48.079 12
8 23 Flag of Germany Marco Wittmann BMW Team RMG 0:48.210 0:48.098 0:48.210 7
9 16 Flag of France Adrien Tambay Team Abt 0:48.220 0:48.223 8
10 22 Flag of Switzerland Nico Müller Team Rosberg 0:48.127 0:48.235 9
11 24 Flag of Belgium Maxime Martin BMW Team RMG 0:48.295 0:48.267 10
12 1 Flag of Germany Mike Rockenfeller Team Phoenix 0:48.331 0:48.292 11
13 17 Flag of Germany Timo Glock BMW Team MTEK 0:48.337 0:48.316 13
14 4 Flag of USA Joey Hand BMW Team RBM 0:48.416 0:48.320 14
15 3 Flag of Brazil Augusto Farfus BMW Team RBM 0:48.337 0:48.329 15
16 9 Canadian Flag Bruno Spengler BMW Team Schnitzer 0:48.119 0:48.329 16
17 19 Flag of Spain Daniel Juncadella Mücke Motorsport 0:48.379 0:48.375 17
18 8 Flag of Spain Miguel Molina Abt Sportsline 0:48.303 0:48.434 18
19 10 Flag of Germany Martin Tomczyk BMW Team Schnitzer 0:48.417 19
20 15 Flag of Italy Edoardo Mortara Team Abt 0:48.439 20
21 2 Flag of Germany Timo Scheider Team Phoenix 0:48.480 21
22 18 Flag of Portugal António Félix da Costa BMW Team MTEK 0:48.488 22
23 20 Flag of Russia Vitaly Petrov Mücke Motorsport 0:48.544 23
Source
  • * Ekstrom handed a five place grid penalty for blocking Wehrlein unfairly.[4]

RaceEdit

Despite that penalty for Mattias Ekström, the grid was not modified any further before the race start.[2] Before the start, however, the race officials allowed the teams to open the boxes containing the wet tyres, as a flurry of showers coated the track with water throughout the hours before the race.[2]

ReportEdit

A heavy shower as the grid formed up from the pitlane prompted the officials to start the race behind the Safety Car, which was to stay out until the majority of the drivers believed the circuit to be safe.[2] It was as Robert Wickens bunched the pack up on the third lap as the safety car came in that the first piece of drama occurred.[2] Paul di Resta drifted into the path of Jamie Green (his former team mate) just as Wickens exited the final corner, with the Englishman reacting faster than the Scot.[2] The net result was the di Resta found himself pointing the wrong way as Green shot off to catch Wickens, who crossed the line with a two second lead.[2]

Bruno Spengler and Augusto Farfus also came to blows at the final hairpin a lap later, although neither spun, as physical battles appeared to be the order of the day.[2] Di Resta found himself down in twelfth after spinning his car round, as Daniel Juncadella ran extremely wide into the final hairpin.[2] Juncadella then found himself in a spin after contact with Miguel Molina coming through the chicane a lap later, meaning he dropped to the very back of the field.[2]

At the back of the field, several of the BMWs opted to pit in for a fresh set of wet tyres, a move designed to remove their mandatory pitstop requirement, which would usually been limited to the pitstop window.[2] More contact was to be found in the mid-pack, as Joey Hand slipped into the side of Nico Müller, sending the Swiss driver into a spin.[2] A lap later, Adrien Tambay forced his way past Marco Wittmann, opening the door for Wittmann's team mate Maxime Martin to get past as well.[2] Martin and Tambay then went side by side for the better part of a lap, with the Belgian eventaully managing to hold his new position.[2]

As di Resta came into to fulfill his pitstop requirement, Wickens, Green, Paffett and Wehrlein continued to pull ahead, with Vietoris a few lengths ahead of Martin in sixth.[2] Green was then handed a five second pitstop penalty, which he would undertake during his mandatory pitstop, awarded for his contact with di Resta earlier on.[2] But, at that point of the race, Green was the fastest man on track, yet was only fractionally faster than Wickens.[2]

At the back of the field, Muller and Vitaly Petrov found themselves in the race official's notebook for ignoring blue flags, the pair having come to physical blows as the leaders came past.[2] As they served their drive-thrus, Paffett lost out to Wehrlein for third, with Vietoris following his compatriot past a few laps later.[2] Paffett took that fall as a prompt to change tyres, bolting on a fresh set of wets, gambling that the track wouldn't dry out enough for slicks before the end of the race.[2]

Vietoris' charge saw him claim third from Wehrlein, while Mattias Ekström began to weave his way through the lower half of the top ten.[2] The Swede was hoping to put the ghosts of 2013 to bed at the Norisring, having been disqualified from the result despite winning the 2013 race outright.[2] His charge saw Wittmann, Tambay and Martin fall to the Swede in short order, with Tambay using the Swede's move to get past the Belgian driver as well.[2] The following ten laps saw the rest of the field, from Wickens on down, trickle into the pits for their tyre swaps.[2]

Yet, it was Wickens who pitted last, and the team opted to switch to the slick tyre, having seen Spengler bolt on a set on lap 52.[2] Most of the rest of the top ten had already made the switch, but Wickens' timing was better, with the track still wet enough for him to extend his lead, before starting on the slicks as they began to come into their own.[2] Meanwhile, Green fell behind Vietoris after his penalty, while Glock was released straight into the side of Martin Tomczyk, with the former F1 racer handed a drive-thru penalty for an unsafe release.[2]

Tomczyk was also in the wars, locking up into the hairpin and smacking into the back of Paffett, sending the Brit (still on wets) into a spin.[2] Tomczyk was sent into the pits to retire a short while later, as the final cars on wets from earlier on came in to swap for slicks.[2] Meanwhile, Mike Rockenfeller and Timo Scheider were locked in a battle with Wittmann for eighth, while Estrom's charge brought him ever closer to the podium.[2]

The Swede's charge was aided by a collison between Tambay and Wehrlein as the Frenchman tried to get past, a collision which sent the German into a spin.[2] Tambay was slapped with a penalty for causing the accident, while Ekstrom made short work of his team mate Edoardo Mortara, climbing up to the back of Green for third.[2] Yet, there was still drama to come, as the DRS became active for the first time in the race, and Miguel Molina came into the pits to retire.[2]

Next man to suffer in the race was Vietoris in second, whose wheel came lose with just a handful of laps to go.[2] That handed Green second and Ekstrom third, as the organisers swapped to a timed finish rather than the full race distance.[2] But, that did not matter, Wickens started the 82nd, scheduled lap, before the clock reached zero, before coming round again to take the chequered flag.[2] Green and Ekstrom completed the podium, with Mortara fourth and the battling Tambay and Wehrlein fifth and sixth.[2] Tambay later dropped to ninth after his time penalty was applied.[2]

ResultsEdit

The second race final result is displayed below:

Norisring 2014 Race Result
Pos. No. Nat. Name Team Laps Race Time Fastest lap Pts.
1 12 Canadian Flag Robert Wickens Wet Team HWA 82 1:15:21.118 0:48.682 25
2 21 Flag of Britain Jamie Green Wet Team Rosberg 82 +23.906s 0:48.914 18
3 7 Flag of Sweden Mattias Ekström Wet Abt Sportsline 82 +25.922s 0:48.610 15
4 15 Flag of Italy Edoardo Mortara Wet Team Abt 82 +32.875s 0:48.809 12
5 25 Flag of Germany Pascal Wehrlein Wet Team HWA 82 +44.788s 0:49.102 10
6 23 Flag of Germany Marco Wittmann Wet BMW Team RMG 82 +46.050s 0:48.930 8
7 4 Flag of USA Joey Hand Wet BMW Team RBM 82 +47.991s 0:49.013 6
8 1 Flag of Germany Mike Rockenfeller Wet Team Phoenix 82 +48.803s 0:49.076 4
9 16 Flag of France Adrien Tambay Wet Team Abt 82 +1:14.661 0:49.506 2
10 2 Flag of Germany Timo Scheider Wet Team Phoenix 81 +1 lap 0:49.085 1
11 9 Canadian Flag Bruno Spengler Wet BMW Team Schnitzer 81 +1 lap 0:49.333
12 11 Flag of Britain Gary Paffett Wet Team HWA 81 +1 lap 0:48.740
13 19 Flag of Spain Daniel Juncadella Wet Mücke Motorsport 81 +1 lap 0:49.064
14 3 Flag of Brazil Augusto Farfus Wet BMW Team RBM 81 +1 lap 0:49.039
15 6 Flag of Scotland Paul di Resta Wet Team HWA 81 +1 lap 0:48.629
16 17 Flag of Germany Timo Glock Wet BMW Team MTEK 80 +2 laps 0:48.912
17 18 Flag of Portugal António Félix da Costa Wet BMW Team MTEK 80 +2 laps 0:48.708
18 24 Flag of Belgium Maxime Martin Wet BMW Team RMG 80 +2 laps 0:48.755
19 22 Flag of Switzerland Nico Müller Wet Team Rosberg 80 +2 laps 0:48.994
20 20 Flag of Russia Vitaly Petrov Wet Mücke Motorsport 80 +2 laps 0:49.020
21* 5 Flag of Germany Christian Vietoris Wet Team HWA 73 +9 laps 0:49.303
22* 8 Flag of Spain Miguel Molina Wet Abt Sportsline 71 +11 laps 0:49.374
Ret 10 Flag of Germany Martin Tomczyk Wet BMW Team Schnitzer 59 Accident 0:53.557
Source
  • Wet Indicates that a driver started on the wet tyre.
  • * Classified for completing 75% of the race distance, despite retiring.

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

So, Marco Wittmann retained his lead heading to Moscow, and held on to his nineteen point advantage too. Edoardo Mortara and Mattias Ekström now led the charge behind him with Mike Rockenfeller dropping to fourth, level on points with the Swede. Adrien Tambay remained in fifth, while Robert Wickens leapt up into the top ten through his victory, those 25 points being his first of the season.

Team Abt now led the way in the Teams' Championship, holding a single point lead over BMW Team RMG after the Norisring round. Abt Sportsline and Team Phoenix remained in third and fourth respectively, with the first Team HWA pairing staying behind them in fifth. There were two teams on the move however, as Jamie Green's podium pushed Team Rosberg further into the top ten, five behind the second Team HWA outfit now led by Wickens. Mücke Motorsport were now the only team yet to score.

It was status quo in the Manufacturers' Championship, although Mercedes were disappointed not to have gained more ground after their dominance in qualifying. Audi continued to build their lead over BMW, meanwhile, with the Munich based squad themselves not really threatened by the Mercs.

 
2014 DTM Championship
Pos. Nat. Name Pts. +/-
1 Flag of Germany Marco Wittmann 58 ◄0
2 Flag of Italy Edoardo Mortara 39 ▲1
3 Flag of Sweden Mattias Ekström 35 ▲5
4 Flag of Germany Mike Rockenfeller 35 ▼2
5 Flag of France Adrien Tambay 28 ◄0
6 Flag of Spain Miguel Molina 26 ▼2
7 Canadian Flag Robert Wickens 25 ▲12
8 Flag of Germany Christian Vietoris 25 ▼2
9 Flag of Britain Jamie Green 24 ▲6
10 Canadian Flag Bruno Spengler 23 ▼3
11 Flag of Brazil Augusto Farfus 14 ▼2
12 Flag of Scotland Paul di Resta 12 ▼2
13 Flag of Germany Pascal Wehrlein 10 ▲6
14 Flag of Germany Timo Glock 10 ▼3
15 Flag of Germany Timo Scheider 9 ▼2
16 Flag of Belgium Maxime Martin 8 ▼4
17 Flag of Germany Martin Tomczyk 8 ▼4
18 Flag of USA Joey Hand 6 ◄0
19 Flag of Portugal António Félix da Costa 4 ▼3
20 Flag of Britain Gary Paffett 4 ▼3
2014 Teams' Championship
Pos. Nat. Name Pts. +/-
1 Flag of Germany Team Abt 67 ▲1
2 Flag of Germany BMW Team RMG 66 ▼1
3 Flag of Germany Abt Sportsline 61 ◄0
4 Flag of Germany Team Phoenix 44 ◄0
5 Flag of Germany Team HWA 37 ◄0
6 Flag of Germany BMW Team Schnitzer 31 ◄0
7 Flag of Germany Team HWA 29 ▲3
8 Flag of Germany Team Rosberg 24 ▲1
9 Flag of Germany BMW Team RBM 16 ▼2
10 Flag of Germany BMW Team MTEK 14 ▼2
11 Flag of Germany Team HWA 10 ▲1


2014 Manufacturers' Championship
Pos. Nat. Name Pts. +/-
1 Flag of Germany Audi 196 ◄0
2 Flag of Germany BMW 132 ◄0
3 Flag of Germany Mercedes-Benz 76 ◄0

Only point scoring drivers and teams are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Videos and Images:

References:

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  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 2.34 2.35 2.36 2.37 2.38 'SOVEREIGN START-FINISH VICTORY FOR ROBERT WICKENS', dtm.com, (ITR e.V., 29/06/2014), http://www.dtm.com/de/news/souver-ner-start-ziel-sieg-f-r-robert-wickens-2014-06-29.html, (Accessed 22/05/2015)
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