The DTM is back. After a long winter -as we are accustomed – the category German opens its doors with the first and only official test of the preseason. These testing sessions will take place in Hockenheim for five days, although for practical purposes, and after the celebration of the ‘roll-out’ today, Monday, there are four days of testing that will be able to use Audi, BMW and Mercedes to put their respective cars to the point. Each day will be divided into two sessions, one held from 8 to 12 hours, and another 14 to 18 hours, with four cars on the track by mark.
In this way, each manufacturer has had to divide its drivers between different days of test. Mercedes-Benz has opted for a sharing symmetric, and during the first two days of testing will be uploaded to the new Mercedes-AMG C 63 Coupé DTM pilots who may be considered younger. In this way during the Tuesday and Wednesday will be on the track Dani Juncadella, Maximilian Goetz, Lucas Auer and the debutant Esteban Ocon, while that in the two days remaining will be Robert Wickens, Paul Di Resta, Christian Vietoris and Gary Paffett who collected data for the engineers of Mercedes.
it should Be noted that in the hours prior to the start of the ‘roll-out’, Mercedes has confirmed Lucas Auer and Christian Vietoris will compete with two units of the C 63 Coupé DTM with the colors pink, BWT. In any case, and changing of manufacturer, BMW Motorsport follows a scheme similar to that of Mercedes, and while Augusto Farfus, Martin Tomczyk, Timo Glock and Martin Tomczyk will compete in the first and last day of the test, on the two central days will be Bruno Spengler, António Félix da Costa, Marco Wittmann and Tom Blomqvist who will rise to the different units of the BMW M4 DTM.
For its part, Audi Sport arrives at the test in Hockenheim with the decorations of the eight Audi RS 5 DTM unveiled, and what is best, as the rival to beat. Be that as it may, the distribution of the drivers of the firm of Ingolstadt it is a lot more chaotic. In fact Nico Muller not played two full days at the expense of Mattias Ekström, who will be in track for two and a half days. In regards to the unique Spanish of Audi and if there are last minute changes, Miguel Molina will be flying the Audi RS 5 DTM on Tuesday and Wednesday.