Balanced warm-up at Zandvoort on Sunday morning
Warm-up for the second race day of the DTM at Zandvoort in The Netherlands was a balanced affair. Audi’s Edoardo Mortara, fourth in the drivers’ standings, emerged as the fastest man on track, closely followed by Mercedes stalwart Gary Paffett. With third place, yesterday’s pole sitter Augusto Farfus showed that he could also set fast lap times in cooler conditions on Sunday morning. Thus, all the three brands in the DTM are represented in the top three.
At the narrow track in Zandvoort, overtaking is particularly difficult, so getting a good starting grid position in qualifying is even more important. Warm-up in the morning offers the opportunity to do some fine-tuning on the set-up for qualifying. Lap times don’t have any significance, but a good position still boosts self-confidence. In conditions that were considerably cooler than on Saturday, it seemed that BMW’s advantage over Audi and Mercedes could be smaller today. After all, the two other brands each had four cars in the top ten.
One of them rewarded the efforts by his mechanics by ending up ninth: Paul Di Resta had a big crash in the first race on Saturday, in which his car was significantly damaged. Nevertheless, the Brit was not only able to participate today, but also ranked among the top half of the field.
On the other hand, Mattias Ekström’s car got stuck with technical problems at the start of the 20 minutes’ session, which caused a slow zone. All information about this new procedure can be found here.
Qualifying starts at 11.35 hrs (livestream at DTM.com from 11.29 hrs), before the starting lights go out at 14.10 hrs to send the 24 drivers off into the second DTM race at Zandvoort. First German TV channel ARD is broadcasting live from Zandvoort from 13.50 hrs.