After the Audi quintet in first free practice on Friday, a quartet of Mercedes-AMG drivers came out on top one day later.
Gary Paffett topped the timesheets with a time of 1m46.071s. The leader in the DTM drivers’ standings ended up with precisely the same time as his fellow Mercedes-AMG driver Pascal Wehrlein, but as the latter posted his time after Paffett had done so, the German was classified second.
On a rain-soaked track, Paul Di Resta (1m46.090s) and Daniel Juncadella (1m46.272s) came third and fourth respectively.
With Marco Wittmann (1m46.570s) and Timo Glock (1m46.572s), two BMW drivers were classified fifth and sixth. Robin Frijns (1m46.928s) was the best-placed Audi driver in eighth. On lap three of second free practice, the Dutchman spun into the gravel trap and thus caused a red flag followed by an interruption of ten minutes. “The start was difficult, and I had the little accident. Now, we have to find a few tenths so that we can compete with the Mercedes-AMG in the rain. So far, so good,” Frijns said.
Guest driver Alex Zanardi (1m48.040s) ended up 18th. The Italian was 1.969 seconds down on Paffett. Compared to the previous day, the BMW driver reduced his gap to first place by more than seven-tenths of a second.
The starting grid positions for the first race at Misano will be determined in first qualifying from 20.00 hrs onwards.