The Circuit Park Zandvoort.
|Date||26th - 28th September 2014|
|Official Name||DTM Zandvoort 2014|
|Location||Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands|
|Lap length||4.307km (2.676mi)|
|Distance||43 laps (185.201km (115.079mi))|
|Mattias Ekström||Marco Wittmann||Martin Tomczyk|
|Winner Team||Abt Sportsline|
|Fastest Lap||1:32.411 on lap 2|
Ultimately, Mattias Ekström earned his first victory of the season to cement his chance of ending the season as runner up to Wittmann, ahead of the Champion in second. Martin Tomczyk claimed third to deny a podium for Edoardo Mortara, while Christian Vietoris fought to fifth to be the best placed Mercedes.
Wittmann's impressive form throughout the season meant that the DTM Championship was already over, and so attention focused on the battle to be runner-up. Mathematically, with 50 points still to battle for, anyone from Christian Vietoris in second to Nico Müller in nineteenth could take the spot, although, in truth, the main battle was between four drivers. Vietoris had leapt into contention after his second place at the Lausitzring, and now lead Mattias Ekström, Edoardo Mortara (both on 56) and Mike Rockenfeller (54) in their tussle to be second best.
The Teams' Championship also seemed to be a battle over second for the rest of the season, with BMW Team RMG already 75 points ahead with only 86 left in play. Three Audi teams looked set to fight amongst themselves for second, with Abt Sportsline heading sister outfit Team Abt and Team Phoenix. Team HWA, meanwhile, were to contest Mercedes' honour over the final rounds as their best placed challenger, but looked set to finish mid-table.
The Brands' battle was also hotting up, as BMW were presented with their first opportunity to wrap up that Championship too. Having overtaken Audi at the Red Bull Ring, the Bavarians had led the Ingolstadt men by a narrow margin, and now sat eight points clear, although a slight reversal in recent form would ultimately shift the battle. Mercedes, meanwhile, had looked adrift all season, having only out scored their rivals once all season (at the last round), and were now 130 points behind.
Below is the entry list for the Zandvoort 2014:
A dry Saturday afternoon saw the DTM drivers enjoy what promised to be a fast three part qualifying session, with Time Scheider's 2010 record beaten in the opening minutes. Adding to the conditions was a lack of wind, which meant that the shifting sand dunes around Zandvoort were still during the session, meaning no additional sand would be added to the track surface.
Jamie Green took his Team Rosberg prepared machine to the top of the times in Q1, as a liitle over a second covered 22 of the 23 cars. Martin Tomczyk had been the first man to set a time, ending the session well inside the top eighteen, while Vitaly Petrov struggled to match the times of the rest, a further 1.3 seconds behind. Dark clouds began to drift over the circuit near the end of Q1, as Daniel Juncadella, Robert Wickens, Augusto Farfus and António Félix da Costa fell at the first order.
What ever the clouds held in store for the session, it seemed that they were holding off for the time being, as Q2 saw the fastest time of the weekend set. Topping the charts was Pascal Wehrlein, fresh from his maiden win at the Lausitzring, just 0.003s quicker than Q1 topped Green. With three tenths covering the top eight, Joey Hand missed out on Q3 by just 0.060s, as five Audis, two BMWs and Wehrlein's Mercedes made it through to the pole shoot-out.
The temperature was falling by the time Q3 started, meaning all but one failed to best their time from Q2. Only Marco Wittmann went quicker, although his time was only good enough for second, as Mike Rockenfeller secured pole on his first flying lap. Edoardo Mortara claimed third and Mattias Ekström went fourth, only for both to be dropped down the grid for different reasons. Green set the fifth best time despite having been in the top two all afternoon, with Nico Müller, Wehrlein and Tomczyk completing the top eight.
|Zandvoort 2014 Qualifying Result|
|1||1||Mike Rockenfeller||Team Phoenix||1:30.994||1:30.755||1:30.713||1|
|2||23||Marco Wittmann||BMW Team RMG||1:31.055||1:30.832||1:30.739||2|
|3*||15||Edoardo Mortara||Abt Sportsline||1:31.075||1:30.464||1:30.757||23|
|4†||7||Mattias Ekström||Team Abt||1:31.074||1:30.787||1:30.869||8|
|5||21||Jamie Green||Team Rosberg||1:30.610||1:30.452||1:30.957||3|
|6||22||Nico Müller||Team Rosberg||1:31.415||1:30.494||1:30.968||4|
|7||25||Pascal Wehrlein||Team HWA||1:31.060||1:30.449||1:31.063||5|
|8||10||Martin Tomczyk||BMW Team Schnitzer||1:31.047||1:30.681||1:31.904||6|
|9||4||Joey Hand||BMW Team RBM||1:31.487||1:30.892||7|
|10||8||Miguel Molina||Abt Sportsline||1:31.313||1:30.908||9|
|11||11||Gary Paffett||Team HWA||1:31.191||1:30.965||10|
|12||16||Adrien Tambay||Team Abt||1:31.479||1:30.997||11|
|13||6||Paul di Resta||Team HWA||1:30.849||1:31.005||12|
|14||17||Timo Glock||BMW Team MTEK||1:31.195||1:31.027||13|
|15||9||Bruno Spengler||BMW Team Schnitzer||1:31.257||1:31.102||14|
|16||2||Timo Scheider||Team Phoenix||1:31.509||1:31.118||15|
|17||24||Maxime Martin||BMW Team RMG||1:31.363||1:31.425||16|
|18||5||Christian Vietoris||Team HWA||1:31.421||1:31.504||17|
|19||18||António Félix da Costa||BMW Team MTEK||1:31.611||18|
|20||3||Augusto Farfus||BMW Team RBM||1:31.668||19|
|21||12||Robert Wickens||Team HWA||1:31.673||20|
|22||19||Daniel Juncadella||Mücke Motorsport||1:31.784||21|
|23||20||Vitaly Petrov||Mücke Motorsport||1:33.002||22|
- * Mortara dropped to the back of the field for an illegal diffuser mount.
- † Ekstrom dropped five places for obstructing Paffett.
A dry and mild Sunday in the Netherlands meant almost perfect conditions for the start of the race, with the tyre allocation announced shortly before. With Edoardo Mortara starting dead last, many expected the Italian to make a good spectacle in his fight back, given his pace in qualifying. As the cars left the grid for the formation lap, Timo Glock had an issue, meaning he would have to start last, despite managing to catch the pack before the end of the lap.
A good start from pole man Mike Rockenfeller was not enough to fend off Marco Wittmann, who pulled a feint to take the inside line through Tarzan and take the lead. Nico Müller made a good start to attack the pair early on, as the whole field made it through the first corner without incident. Mattias Ekström, meanwhile, was beginning to fall through the pack, the Swede having started as the best placed driver on hard tyres, and was now being swampped by soft shod machinery.
Mortara was almost out on the first lap, having to swing his car out from underneath the rear wing of Vitaly Petrov into the Marlboro turn when the Russian braked earlier. A tank slapped resulted from the sudden jink, although the Italian caught it and closed in on the back of Robert Wickens, while Martin Tomczyk snatched fourth from Jamie Green. Timo Glock was also on the move, making his way past the two Mücke Motorsport machines in the opening stages.
The next few laps saw the order settle, with several drivers running wide and briefly onto the edge of the perilous gravel traps that lined the Zandvoort circuit. Paul di Resta proved their ruthlessness when he ran wide through the exit of a corner, bouncing across the grass and removing the rear left aero package on his Mercedes as a result. That was only a minor incident, however, and the Scot continued in pursuit of Adrien Tambay, until the Frenchman made a mistake. Tambay's, in contrast, was much more serious, and ultimately brought an end to his race, and the safety car onto the circuit.
After three laps, the safety car was back in the pits and Wittmann romping away from Rockenfeller, with Juncadella and Petrov both pitting, although as the pitwindow had not opened, it did not count as their mandatory stop. Mortara, meanwhile, continued his impressive display, climbing into the top half of the field at the restart with a dive down the inside of Miguel Molina. Joey Hand, meanwhile, almost repeated Tambay's accident when he ran wide, but the American managed to bounce back onto the circuit, having dropped to twelfth. António Félix da Costa and Paul di Resta, meanwhile, were reported to the stewards over their battle for ninth, both having exhanged physical blows throughout. Their battle then came to a conclusion when da Costa misjudged a gap inside of the di Resta and knocked the Scot off the circuit, although they both continued. A lap later and DRS was reactivated, with Timo Glock and Christian Vietoris swapping places in fifteenth and sixteenth.
Meanwhile, the tide was turning at the front of the field as Rockenfeller began drawing in Wittmann for the lead. The presurre was beginning to tell for the new Champion, with Wiitmann locking up in Tarzan and allowing Rocky to close even further. Further back, Hand was in the pits to complete his mandatory pitstop on lap fifteen, just moments after the pit window opened. His early stop did not prompt a rush into the pitlane straight away, with di Resta following him in, but to retire.
Out of the exit of Tarzan on lap seventeen the field was being led by Rockenfeller, whose charge on Wittmann ended with a dive down the inside into the first corner. That move did prompt more action in the pitlane, with Wittmann sweeping in at the end of the lap, followed by Paffett and Martin Tomczyk. They looked to have made the correct decision moments later, when the safety car emerged from the pitlane as Wittmann rejoined in fifteenth.
Out of the race was Augusto Farfus, whose wounded BMW M4 DTM was now stranded in the middle of the chicane at the end of the lap, with debris littered across the scene. His accident had its origin in the braking zone for the chicane, when the Brazilian was punted off the circuit by Daniel Juncadella, who had misjudged the braking ability of the BMW. Farfus was speared across the circuit, smacking into the inside kerb on the first part of the chicane, before bouncing into the gravel trap on the outside and out.
Four laps later and Rockenfeller was streaking away from the rest of the field, as a few drivers swept into the pits to take their delayed stops. The DMSB extended the window to lap 34 due to the delay, as Jamie Green pounced on Nico Müller for second, with Timo Scheider following him through. Glock, meanwhile, was overcome by Wittmann in his fight back after his stop, with DRS activated a few laps later. Yet, the latest green flag period was soon to be over, with Muller crashing out on lap 25.
The majority of the field had stopped by the time Muller hit the barrier out of Gerlach, having been run wide by Vietoris in their battle. A slight tap by the German while up the inside of the Swiss through the second corner sent the white Audi into the barrier, bringing out the safety car yet again. Rockenfeller, meanwhile, was now massively over the maximum limit for the soft tyre, and was still yet to stop with Wittmann now second on circuit and Mattias Ekström sat in fifth, the first of those on softs to have stopped.
After another four lap intervention, the safety car was back in the pitlane, with Rockenfeller and Vitaly Petrov following it in a lap later. Ekstrom, meanwhile, was carving his way through the field, and his superior grip saw him sweep past Wittmann for the lead into the braking zone for the chicane, as a wave of cars were reported for inaccurate DRS deployment. But, with DRS becoming active once again, it was almost inevitable that the safety car was called a few moments later, this time for an accident removing Gary Paffett.
In an almost identical accident to Tambay earlier in the race, the Brit ran wide and hit the wall, bouncing into the gravel and required aid in getting free. The fourth safety car of the day meant that the race distance would not be acheivable, with the race being timed with ten minutes left to run. It was a quick period, however, and the race was back under way with two laps to go, with Ekstrom sprinting away.
The final laps of the race were relatively calm, with an incident involving Green and Spengler putting the Brit into a spin and the back of the field. The incident (just before DRS was active once again) was not bad enough for the safety car to be called, although Spengler was made to serve a penalty before the end, with the final lap declared on lap 43. Wehrlein, meanwhile, had closed on Maxime Martin, taking the Belgian for sixth, as Mortara defended from Vietoris ahead.
But, ultimately, the veteran Swede at the front of the field was not to be denied his eighteenth victory, and his first of the season. Wittmann held second with Tomczyk third, while Mortara and Vietoris continued their scrap right to the bitter end. Martin ultimately finished ahead of Wehrlein after a late move, with Spengler slapped down to sixteenth after the race having finished eighth.
The second race final result is displayed below:
|Zandvoort 2014 Race Result|
|Pos.||No.||Nat.||Name||Team||Laps||Race Time||Fastest lap||Pts.|
|1||7||Mattias Ekström||Abt Sportsline||43||1:16:35.761||1:32.668||25|
|2||23||Marco Wittmann||BMW Team RMG||43||+7.414s||1:32.411||18|
|3||10||Martin Tomczyk||BMW Team Schnitzer||43||+11.144s||1:33.055||15|
|4*||15||Edoardo Mortara||Team Abt||43||+12.234s||1:33.962||12|
|5||5||Christian Vietoris||Team HWA||43||+12.730s||1:33.940||10|
|6||24||Maxime Martin||BMW Team RMG||43||+14.260s||1:33.132||8|
|7||25||Pascal Wehrlein||Team HWA||43||+15.128s||1:33.450||6|
|8*||12||Robert Wickens||Team HWA||43||+16.182s||1:33.532||4|
|9*||2||Timo Scheider||Team Phoenix||43||+16.792s||1:32.867||2|
|10||4||Joey Hand||BMW Team RBM||43||+20.736s||1:33.412||1|
|11||20||Vitaly Petrov||Mücke Motorsport||43||+21.518s||1:34.166|
|12||17||Timo Glock||BMW Team MTEK||43||+23.799s||1:34.051|
|13||18||António Félix da Costa||BMW Team MTEK||43||+24.233s||1:33.929|
|14||21||Jamie Green||Team Rosberg||43||+25.008s||1:33.254|
|15*||1||Mike Rockenfeller||Team Phoenix||43||+36.746s||1:32.541|
|16†||9||Bruno Spengler||BMW Team Schnitzer||43||+45.591s||1:33.471|
|17‡||19||Daniel Juncadella||Mücke Motorsport||43||+45.729s||1:33.836|
|18||8||Miguel Molina||Team Abt||42||+1 lap||1:33.806|
|19||11||Gary Paffett||Team HWA||34||+9 laps||1:33.340|
|Ret||22||Nico Müller||Team Rosberg||25||Accident||1:32.757|
|Ret*||3||Augusto Farfus||BMW Team RBM||17||Accident||1:35.476|
|Ret||6||Paul di Resta||Team HWA||16||Damage||1:33.409|
|Ret||16||Adrien Tambay||Team Abt||4||Accident||1:32.945|
- Indicates a driver started on soft or "option" tyres. Indicates a driver started on hard or "prime" tyres.
- * Mortara, Wickens, Scheider, Rockenfeller and Farfus all received official warnings for using DRS before it was permitted.
- † Spengler had 30 seconds added onto his time for contact with Green, having already received the DRS warning.
- ‡ Juncadella given a 30 second penalty for causing Farfus' accident, having already received the DRS warning.
The race for second place in the Championship seemed to now be in Mattias Ekström's favour with just one race to go, and the Swede twelve points ahead of Christian Vietoris. That said, with 25 points still left to fight for in Hockenheim, both Vietoris and Edoardo Mortara could still userp Ekstrom to be runner-up to Marco Wittmann, who continued his scoring run. Mike Rockenfeller was out of the fight for second, but could still end the season in the top three if results went his way.
BMW Team RMG were declared Teams' Champions with a round to spare in Zandvoort, with Wittmann and Maxime Martin both scoring to extend their lead over Abt Sportsline. The Sportsline team were now in a battle for second, with the competition including sister outfit Team Abt, Team HWA, Team Phoenix and outsiders BMW Team Schnitzer. In the Brands' battle, meanwhile, BMW finally pulled a small lead over Audi for the lead, although the Ingolstadt outfit was traditionally at their strongest in the Upper Rhine Valley.
Only point scoring drivers and teams are shown.
Videos and Images:
- ↑ 'The 2014 DTM Races at a Glance', dtm.com, (DTM, 2014), http://www.ww.dtm.com/en/Races/DTM-Dates-2014/calendar.html, (Accessed 17/05/2015)
- ↑ 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 2.39 2.40 2.41 2.42 2.43 2.44 2.45 2.46 2.47 2.48 2.49 'MATTIAS EKSTRÖM SCORES FIRST VICTORY OF THE SEASON FOR AUDI AT ZANDVOORT', dtm.com, (ITR e.V., 28/09/2014), http://www.dtm.com/en/news/mattias-ekstr-m-scores-first-victory-season-audi-zandvoort-2014-09-28.html, (Accessed 15/10/2015)
- ↑ 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 'FIRST PLACE ON THE GRID FOR MIKE ROCKENFELLER AT ZANDVOORT', dtm.com, (ITR e.V., 27/09/2014), http://www.dtm.com/en/news/first-place-grid-mike-rockenfeller-zandvoort-2014-09-27.html, (Accessed 15/10/2015)
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 'MORTARA AND EKSTRÖM PENALISED BY THE STEWARDS', dtm.com, (ITR e.V., 27/09/2014), http://www.dtm.com/en/news/mortara-and-ekstr-m-penalised-stewards-2014-09-27.html, (Accessed 15/10/2015)
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 'JUNCADELLA PENALISED', dtm.com, (ITR e.V., 28/09/2014), http://www.dtm.com/en/news/juncadella-penalised-2014-09-28.html, (Accessed 15/10/2015)