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Flag of Austria Red Bull Ring 2014
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The Spielberg circuit in 2014
Race Information
Date 1st - 3rd August 2014
Official Name DTM Spielberg 2014
Location Flag of Austria Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria
Lap length 4.326km (2.688mi)
Distance 47 laps (203.322km (126.338mi))
Qualifying
Pole Canadian Flag Robert Wickens
Team Flag of Germany Team HWA
Time 1:25.175
Race Result
First Second Third
Flag of Germany Marco Wittmann Flag of Brazil Augusto Farfus Flag of Germany Timo Glock
Winner Team Flag of Germany BMW Team RMG
Time 1:08:23.185
Fastest Lap
Driver Flag of Germany Mike Rockenfeller
Fastest Lap 1:25.266 on lap 45
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 The sixth round of the 2014 DTM Championship was held as the Red Bull Ring in August of 2014.[1] The Red Bull Ring 2014 was the third race of the season to be held outside of Germany, and marked the start of the second half of the season.

The race itself saw Championship leader Marco Wittmann claim his third win of the season to leap ahead of Mattias Ekström in their battle.[2] Augusto Farfus and Timo Glock joined him on the podium to make an all BMW powered podium.[2]

BackgroundEdit

Ahead of the annual visit to Austira, Marco Wittmann led the Championship by 20 points from super Swede Mattias Ekström. Bruno Spengler now sat in third ahead of the Red Bull Ring round, with Edoardo Mortara level on points, but behind on previous results. Mike Rockenfeller completed the top five, two points ahead of Maxime Martin who won in Moscow, as Christian Vietoris climbed to seventh to lead the Mercedes charge.

In the Teams' battle there were none who could challenge BMW Team RMG, who had won three races between their two drivers Wittmann and Martin. Their 27 point advantage was over the first Abt run team of Abt Sportsline, with a second BMW team in Team Schnitzer in fourth. Team HWA could only manage to get one of their teams in the top six, with Mücke Motorsport failing to score a single point for the Stuttgarters.

EntriesEdit

Below is the entry list for the Red Bull Ring 2014:

Red Bull Ring 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
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QualifyingEdit

Qualifying saw Mercedes seem to rediscover their form from the Norisring, as three of their cars managed to get through to the final session.[3] What's more, Robert Wickens claimed his second pole of the season, despite setting a time slower than he managed in Q2, with his fellow Merc combatants in Pascal Wehrlein and Christian Vietoris down in fifth and seventh respectively.[3] Championship leader Marco Wittmann was pushed down in the latter stages of the session, ending up third behind the Canadian and Timo Glock.[3]

Four BMW machines were in the top eight shoot-out, with Glock and Wittmann joined by Augusto Farfus (who set the fastest time of the weekend in Q1) and Maxime Martin, as Audi struggled.[3] Only Jamie Green could snatch a Q3 slot, and the Brit could only secure sixth against the Stuttgart and Bavarian crusaders.[3] Their next highest placed car was Mike Rockenfeller, who was down in fourteenth and behind the last of the eight BMWs.[3]

A few familiar faces populated the bottom five in Q1, as Vitaly Petrov failed to get through once again, joined by Brits Paul di Resta and Gary Paffett.[3] Both seemed to be out of form, although more concerning (championship wise) was the presence of both Abt Sportsline entries in Edoardo Mortara and Adrien Tambay.[3] In truth, the gap between di Resta in 23rd and Wickens in first was less than eight tenths of a second, but such margins around the Red Bull Ring were enough to see the Canadian on pole, and the Scot at the very back of the pack.[3]

Post-QualifyingEdit

The results of qualifying for race two are shown below.

Red Bull Ring 2014 Qualifying Result
Pos. No. Nat. Name Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Grid
1 12 Canadian Flag Robert Wickens Team HWA 1:25.089 1:25.050 1:25.175 1
2 17 Flag of Germany Timo Glock BMW Team MTEK 1:25.316 1:25.196 1:25.181 2
3 23 Flag of Germany Marco Wittmann BMW Team RMG 1:25.059 1:25.046 1:25.228 3
4 3 Flag of Brazil Augusto Farfus BMW Team RBM 1:24.967 1:25.179 1:25.237 4
5 25 Flag of Germany Pascal Wehrlein Team HWA 1:25.278 1:25.170 1:25.246 5
6 21 Flag of Britain Jamie Green Team Rosberg 1:25.359 1:25.242 1:25.266 6
7 5 Flag of Germany Christian Vietoris Team HWA 1:25.309 1:25.202 1:25.362 7
8 24 Flag of Belgium Maxime Martin BMW Team RMG 1:25.195 1:25.218 1:25.424 8
9 4 Flag of USA Joey Hand BMW Team RBM 1:25.417 1:25.259 9
10 9 Canadian Flag Bruno Spengler BMW Team Schnitzer 1:25.477 1:25.309 10
11 10 Flag of Germany Martin Tomczyk BMW Team Schnitzer 1:25.339 1:25.323 11
12 19 Flag of Spain Daniel Juncadella Mücke Motorsport 1:25.310 1:25.335 12
13 18 Flag of Portugal António Félix da Costa BMW Team MTEK 1:25.160 1:25.343 13
14 1 Flag of Germany Mike Rockenfeller Team Phoenix 1:25.495 1:25.385 14
15 2 Flag of Germany Timo Scheider Team Phoenix 1:25.577 1:25.400 15
16 7 Flag of Sweden Mattias Ekström Abt Sportsline 1:25.379 1:25.423 16
17 8 Flag of Spain Miguel Molina Abt Sportsline 1:25.468 1:25.708 17
18 22 Flag of Switzerland Nico Müller Team Rosberg 1:25.526 No Time 18
19 11 Flag of Britain Gary Paffett Team HWA 1:25.577 19
20 16 Flag of France Adrien Tambay Abt Sportsline 1:25.599 20
21 15 Flag of Italy Edoardo Mortara Abt Sportsline 1:25.666 21
22 20 Flag of Russia Vitaly Petrov Mücke Motorsport 1:25.856 22
23 6 Flag of Scotland Paul di Resta Team HWA 1:25.932 23
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RaceEdit

A dry and warm Sunday afternoon in the Austrian mountains emerged for the race, with the race distance set at 47 laps.[2] The DMSB announced that the pit window would open on lap 16 and remain open until lap 31, with all 23 cars needing to swap to the opposite compound to the one they started on.[2] The starting tyres for each driver were also announced shortly before the start, with a maximum use for the soft tyre of 22 laps.[4]

ReportEdit

Pole sitter Robert Wickens leapt ahead of the field at the start to hold his lead from Timo Glock into the first corner, as Marco Wittmann fell to fifth behind Augusto Farfus and Pascal Wehrlein.[2] Glock was quickly put under investigation for being out of position at the start, while, further back, Christian Vietoris was being observed for a jump start.[2] At the end of a contact free first lap, Wickens led from Glock and Farfus, with the following laps seeing Glock and Vietoris go unpunished.[2]

The opening stages of the race saw Wickens break away from Glock, the Canadian settling for a two second lead outside of the DRS window.[2] Wittmann, meanwhile, seemed to be struggling to get his tyres up to temperature, as he fell to Jamie Green and Martin Tomczyk in short order.[2] A lap later, Glock and Farfus swapped places after the Brazilian gained the upper hand using DRS down the main straight.[2] Wehrlein almost managed to slip into third, but was firmly pushed back by Glock on the exit of the corner.[2]

Now released from the back of his stable mate, Farfus began eating away at Wickens' lead, and by lap eleven had the Canadian firmly in his sights.[2] His first attack came at the hairpin that formed turn two, although the Brazilian could not get enough of his car alongside the Mercedes to take the line for the corner.[2] As their duel ramped up, António Félix da Costa was handed a warning for exceeding track limits, although to point seemed moot as the Portuguese driver pulled off the circuit to retire with a failure that same lap.[2]

Back at the front and the dogfight that consumed Farfus and Wickens remained in the Canadian's favour, with the Brazilian throwing his car at the Merc at every opportunity.[2] Running side-by-side through the entire second sector got the crowd on its feet, although the silver and orange Mercedes remained stubbornly ahead of the green and blue BMW for the time being.[2] At the back of the field, meanwhile, five drivers in Nico Müller, Edoardo Mortara, Joey Hand, Daniel Juncadella and Maxime Martin were penalised for ignoring yellow flags.[2]

Farfus called time on his battle with Wickens for the lead by pitting two laps after the opening of the pit window, becoming the first driver to do so.[2] The next few laps saw the leaders, all on the softs, sweep into the pits to remove their tyres before the maximum limit of 23 laps.[2] There was drama when race leader Wickens was put under investigation for an unsafe release, after his pit crew released him straight into the path of Glock.[2] The Canadian lost out to Green and Farfus in the process, with the Brazilian pouncing as he left the pit lane.[2]

News also emerged that Green was under investigation for failing to change to the hard tyres before the limit on the softs, while Wickens fought back against Farfus for second.[2] Joey Hand and Paul di Resta came to blows in the meantime, the Scot taking a trip through the gravel as a result, while Wickens was slapped with a drive through for his infringement.[2] Green was likewise handed a trip through the pits, although as the Brit served his penalty, Wickens continued on in the wake of Farfus.[2]

Wickens was disqualified from the race with fifteen laps to go, having forced his way past Farfus at turn two earlier in the lap.[2] The Canadian pitted at the end of the lap, as Wittmann began a rise through the field after dispatching Glock at turn two for third.[2] Wickens' disqualification promoted him to second, before a charge on Farfus ended with the now Champion elect in the lead of the race and pulling away from the Brazilian.[2]

The final laps saw battles come to their conclusion at the back of the field, Martin pulling a dive down the inside of Gary Paffett for fourteenth.[2] Christian Vietoris, meanwhile, cracked underpressure from Mattias Ekström, surrendering ninth to the Swede after running wide.[2] But, out front, Wittmann completed an impressive third victory of the campaign, with Farfus falling further back on every lap, while Glock ended the day in third, as Martin Tomczyk completed an all BMW top four.[2]

ResultsEdit

The second race final result is displayed below:

Red Bull Ring 2014 Race Result
Pos. No. Nat. Name Team Laps Race Time Fastest lap Pts.
1 23 Flag of Germany Marco Wittmann Option BMW Team RMG 47 1:08:23.15 1:25.725 25
2 3 Flag of Brazil Augusto Farfus Option BMW Team RBM 47 +3.298s 1:25.546 18
3 17 Flag of Germany Timo Glock Option BMW Team MTEK 47 +5.391s 1:25.552 15
4 10 Flag of Germany Martin Tomczyk Option BMW Team Schnitzer 47 +6.237s 1:25.895 12
5 2 Flag of Germany Timo Scheider Option Team Phoenix 47 +6.666s 1:25.808 10
6 16 Flag of France Adrien Tambay Option Team Abt 47 +12.213s 1:25.933 8
7 7 Flag of Sweden Mattias Ekström Prime Abt Sportsline 47 +14.046s 1:25.852 6
8 21 Flag of Britain Jamie Green Option Team Rosberg 47 +14.456s 1:25.955 4
9 5 Flag of Germany Christian Vietoris Prime Team HWA 47 +15.224s 1:26.054 2
10 9 Canadian Flag Bruno Spengler Prime BMW Team Schnitzer 47 +15.782s 1:25.727 1
11 8 Flag of Spain Miguel Molina Prime Abt Sportsline 47 +16.192s 1:25.771
12 4 Flag of USA Joey Hand Prime BMW Team RBM 47 +16.214s 1:25.580
13 1 Flag of Germany Mike Rockenfeller Prime Team Phoenix 47 +17.717s 1:25.266
14 24 Flag of Belgium Maxime Martin Prime BMW Team RMG 47 +30.235s 1:25.421
15 19 Flag of Spain Daniel Juncadella Prime Mücke Motorsport 47 +34.836s 1:25.900
16 15 Flag of Italy Edoardo Mortara Prime Team Abt 47 +35.420s 1:25.674
17 11 Flag of Britain Gary Paffett Option Team HWA 47 +40.852s 1:26.658
18 6 Flag of Scotland Paul di Resta Prime Team HWA 47 +44.107s 1:26.331
19 22 Flag of Switzerland Nico Müller Option Team Rosberg 47 +45.827s 1:26.213
20 20 Flag of Russia Vitaly Petrov Prime Mücke Motorsport 47 +45.971s 1:26.299
DSQ* 12 Canadian Flag Robert Wickens Option Team HWA 34 Disqualified 1:25.938
Ret 25 Flag of Germany Pascal Wehrlein Option Team HWA 26 Retired 1:25.828
Ret 18 Flag of Portugal António Félix da Costa Prime Team Phoenix 10 Retired 1:27.798
Source
  • Option Indicates a driver started on the Soft or "Option" tyre. Prime Indicates a driver that started on hard or "prime" tyres.
  • * Wickens disqualified for failing to serve a drive through penalty within the permitted time (originally issued for an unsafe release).[2]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Marco Wittmann's third win of the season saw him pull an impressive 39 points clear of the rest of the field, meaning he could all but wrap up the title at the Nürburgring. Mattias Ekström led the anti-Wittmann charge, but looked more likely to have to fight for second with Bruno Spengler than challenge the all conquering German. Mercedes' difficult season continued with only one point scorer in Austria, with those two points heading to their best placed driver in Christian Vietoris.

BMW Team RMG continued to stretch their lead in the Teams' Championship as BMW dragged themselves into the lead of the Brands' battle. The two Abt backed Audi teams were next up in the Teams' Championship, helping Audi to stay within six points of the Bavarians, as Mercedes slipped ever further behind on all fronts. Team HWA led their charge from sixth, with their Brand tally not even a third of BMW's. 

 
2014 DTM Championship
Pos. Nat. Name Pts. +/-
1 Flag of Germany Marco Wittmann 95 ◄0
2 Flag of Sweden Mattias Ekström 56 ◄0
3 Canadian Flag Bruno Spengler 42 ◄0
4 Flag of Italy Edoardo Mortara 41 ◄0
5 Flag of France Adrien Tambay 36 ▲3
6 Flag of Germany Mike Rockenfeller 35 ▼1
7 Flag of Belgium Maxime Martin 33 ▼1
8 Flag of Germany Christian Vietoris 33 ▼1
9 Flag of Brazil Augusto Farfus 33 ▲4
10 Flag of Germany Timo Glock 33 ▲2
11 Flag of Britain Jamie Green 28 ◄0
12 Flag of Spain Miguel Molina 26 ▼3
13 Canadian Flag Robert Wickens 25 ▼3
14 Flag of Germany Martin Tomczyk 20 ▲4
15 Flag of Germany Timo Scheider 19 ▲2
16 Flag of Germany Pascal Wehrlein 14 ▼2
17 Flag of Scotland Paul di Resta 12 ▼2
18 Flag of Switzerland Nico Müller 10 ▼2
19 Flag of USA Joey Hand 6 ◄0
20 Flag of Portugal António Félix da Costa 4 ◄0
21 Flag of Britain Gary Paffett 4 ◄0
2014 Teams' Championship
Pos. Nat. Name Pts. +/-
1 Flag of Germany BMW Team RMG 128 ◄0
2 Flag of Germany Abt Sportsline 82 ◄0
3 Flag of Germany Team Abt 77 ◄0
4 Flag of Germany BMW Team Schnitzer 62 ◄0
5 Flag of Germany Team Phoenix 54 ◄0
6 Flag of Germany Team HWA 45 ◄0
7 Flag of Germany BMW Team RBM 39 ▲3
8 Flag of Germany Team Rosberg 38 ▼1
9 Flag of Germany BMW Team MTEK 37 ◄0
10 Flag of Germany Team HWA 29 ▼2
11 Flag of Germany Team HWA 14 ◄0


2014 Manufacturers' Championship
Pos. Nat. Name Pts. +/-
1 Flag of Germany BMW 267 ▲1
2 Flag of Germany Audi 261 ▼1
3 Flag of Germany Mercedes 88 ◄0

Only point scoring drivers and teams are shown.

ReferencesEdit

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References:

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  4. 'THESE ARE THE TYRES FOR THE START OF THE RACE', dtm.com, (ITR e.V., 02/08/2014), http://www.dtm.com/en/news/these-are-tyres-start-race-2014-08-02.html, (Accessed 10/10/2015)

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