Ten different winners in fourteen races. That may be the best letter of presentation of the DTM to his arrival at the Red Bull Ring, which is one of the data that best reflects the equality that is living in the championship. However, in the absence of four races still to be won, the series has a total of sixteen out of eighteen riders with options mathematics of power ‘campeonar’, although it is more realistic to say that up to a dozen of riders has a real chance to fight for the title. In short, the DTM arrives at the red live to Austria, and it does so without the weight system of compensation.
The penultimate battle of the DTM in this 2017 will take place in the circuit of Red Bull Ring, track located in the mountains of austria. The path has a length of by 4,318 metres and in its design features seven curves to right and only two angles to the left. If there is something that defines the Red Bull Ring is the enormous height difference that there is between the area of the start / finish straight and the second curve, with a slope of 12% to the second angle. Beyond this, is a track with strong braking in its first sector, and of curves of support in the second part.
The Red Bull Ring is a perfect setting to begin to define the fight for the title. In this aspect, Mattias Ekström comes as the leader of the DTM to Austria after adding 136 points during the first seven events of the season. The pilot Swedish at the wheel of his Audi RS 5 DTM is the rival to beat Lucas Auer. The Mercedes driver has 127 points, but plays with the advantage of being the only pilot of the grill, which competes at home. René Rast with 124 points is the third party in question, while Marco Wittmann with 115 units is the best bet of BMW.
In this list of title contenders -more open than ever – also appear Jamie Green (113 points) and Mike Rockenfeller (110 points), both Audi drivers. Timo Glock and Maxime Martin with 108 and 102 points also keeps hopes of taking the title at the heart of BMW Motorsport, while Robert Wickens and Paul Di Resta should rush their options in Austria, especially if Mercedes wants to arrive with more of a challenger for the title at the final round in Hockenheim. All in all, the ten drivers cited are separated by less than 40 points, which reflects the uncertainty.
Both the fight for the drivers title as the crown of constructors, where Audi has a lead of 52 points over Mercedes, will be marked by the elimination of the system of weights of compensation. The controversy around the system to secure the car and to match its performance has led to its removal. This means that all the cars start at Red Bull Ring with a weight of 1115 kg. A decision that in theory should be of benefit to Audi, all their cars were competing with a higher weight in the past few meetings. On the contrary, BMW M4 DTM will gain more than 15 pounds.
Schedules of the DTM 2017 at the Nürburgring
|Day / Time||Session||Duration|
|Friday 22/09 – 16:45h||Free practice 1||30′|
|Saturday 23/09 – 09:20pm||Free practice 2||30′|
|Saturday 23/09 – 11:40h||Classification (Race 1)||20′|
|Saturday 23/09 – 14:48am||Career 1||55′ + 1 back|
|Sunday 24/09 – 09:25h||Free practice 3||30′|
|Sunday 24/09 – 12:00 pm||Classification||20′|
|Sunday 24/09 – 15:18pm||Career 2||55′ + 1 back|