Today was heavily disrupted, which saw the entire DTM grid waiting patiently to get onto the Brandenburg-based circuit as a result of heavy fog. However, this afternoon’s qualifying session for the eighth round of the season saw 20-year-old Pascal Wehrlein take his first career pole position, ahead of Audi Sport’s title contender, Mattias Ekström and Jamie Green.
The Mercedes-Benz driver was able to beat the two-time champion by a mere 0.057 seconds in the dying seconds of Q3, which saw his stablemates Daniel Juncadella and Gary Paffett make it in the final phase of the session. Both drivers line up fifth and eighth for tomorrow’s race.
Timo Scheider found luck to be on his side, after what has been a traumatic season for the Audi driver, as the veteran took fourth, rounding up an excellent show of form from Ingolstadt. Spain’s Miguel Molina also turned up the pace, as the Abt Sportsline driver took sixth place ahead of the sole BMW driver that got through to Q3, current points leader Marco Wittmann.
Timo Glock and Mike Rockenfeller rounded out the top ten, as the Mercedes-Benz trio of Christian Vietoris, Robert Wickens and Vitaly Petrov took eleventh, twelfth and fourteenth, with Edoardo Mortara pipping the Russian in the process.
BMW Motorsport’s efforts during testing the other week seemed to not help the Munich manufacturer for better results following last year’s race, where Paffett took Mercedes-Benz’s tenth victory at the Euro Speedway. Augusto Farfus, Maxime Martin, Bruno Spengler, António Félix da Costa and Martin Tomczyk placed fifteenth, sixteenth, eighteenth and twentieth respectively.
Audi Sport’s Adrien Tambay and Nico Müller would be at the lower end of the grid for tomorrow’s race, with the youngsters ending up 17th and 19th, as Joey Hand’s qualifying session brought out the red flag. The American went off and beached his M4 DTM on the infield gravel, which put all drivers through to Q2 automatically as a result. Paul Di Resta would also be down the order towards the back of grid, having placed behind Tomczyk.
However, following on from the session itself, both Farfus and Tomczyk were handed 5-place grid penalties for impeding other drivers, whereas both Di Resta and Molina were not penalized for possible yellow flag infringements during Q2.
Tomorrow is another day, where the title could be secured by the man of the moment, but rest assured, some will look to keep the celebrations on ice when the lights go out at the Lausitzring.