There are just three weeks to go until the Lausitzring hosts the eighth round of the DTM championship, which could see BMW Motorsport‘s Marco Wittmann become champion, after what has been a truly masterful run to his first drivers’ title.
The Munich manufacturer will have all eight drivers present at the forthcoming four-day test at the venue, focusing on set-up characteristics of the impressive M4 DTM.
However, former F1 ace, Finland’s Heikki Kovalainen, will also be there to get some mileage under his belt to understand the M4 DTM, and use the opportunity to familiarize himself around the Brandenburg-based track.
The 32-year-old, who competed in 111 Grands Prix with Renault, McLaren, Lotus and Caterham, will take his turn in the M4 over the test that will start tomorrow and conclude on Thursday.
The Finn, who deputized for the injured Kimi Räikkönen for the US and Brazilian GPs last year with Lotus, scored his sole victory with McLaren at the Hungaroring back in 2008 and became the 100th person to win a Grand Prix in Formula One.
The 2004 Race of Champions’ ‘Champion of Champions” winner’s feedback will be helpful in terms of getting the best out of the car, and help the team to surge towards a second clean sweep of the titles in just their third season, after that feat was achieved back in 2012, when Bruno Spengler, Team Schnitzer and BMW stunned everyone in the “New-Era” of the DTM.