Another round of testing was completed for the twelve drivers that were partaking in the third day of running in Hungary, as Mercedes topped the times of the first time this season. Christian Vietoris, who celebrated his birthday yesterday, was the third driver to get below the 1:38 minute mark and topped the time sheets, following the lead of Miguel Molina and Nico Müller from the first two days.
The 25-year-old German, who was the highest placed driver from Stuttgart last season, set the benchmark time of 1:37.461, after Audi Sport‘s Adrien Tambay delivered a lap that put him to the top of the pile as lunchtime beckoned for all. The French ace ended up top of Ingolstadt’s ranks in sixth and sixth tenths off the top time set by Vietoris.
BMW Motorsport’s Marco Wittmann, Timo Glock and Augusto Farfus rounded out the top four, ahead of Pascal Wehrlein, with the top five spilt by just half a second. Müller led the other half of the field, with Timo Scheider and Molina rounding up Audi’s efforts for the day.
Martin Tomczyk started his first day of official testing in the new M4 DTM, which saw the 2011 champion in tenth, ahead of Robert Wickens and Daniel Juncadella. Both Glock and Vietoris covered over three hundred laps of the Hungaroring between them, with the former Marussia F1 driver doing 154 laps in total.
The drivers, including Tambay, are looking forward to racing on a track that the majority of the twenty-three drivers have raced on before in their careers, but the work still continues ahead of the racing at Hockenheim: “I think that the Hungaroring will be a great DTM venue and that we are going to provide the motor-racing enthusiasts a great show, here. It was great to see that even the tests were attended by many spectators – a truly positive surprise, for me. I already am looking forward to the race on first June and even more so as we proved to be quick right from the start.”