Busy but unfortunate drivers
Mercedes-Benz dominated the third DTM race meeting of the season. On Saturday, they celebrated a one-two-three and on Sunday, they added a one-two. The beaming winners: Pascal Wehrlein and Robert Wickens. Nonetheless, the Stuttgarters were beaten in several statistics. Who was the busiest driver of the Norisring weekend? Who completed the biggest number of laps as race leader. Read the second part of our selected Norisring postscripts to find out.
The biggest number of laps at the Norisring was completed by Timo Scheider (Audi): He was the busiest driver of the Norisring meeting. Over the course of the two practice sessions, the two qualifying sessions, the warm-up on Sunday and the two races, Schneider completed a massive 266 laps on the track located on Nuremberg’s ‘Zeppelinfeld’, representing a total mileage of nearly 612 kilometres. Unfortunately, this major effort didn’t bear fruit. Scheider finished 16th in both races and had to leave Nuremberg empty-handed. Fellow Audi driver Miguel Molina had to cope with a similar fate. By completing 262 laps the Spaniard covered a total distance of 603 kilometres but just as Scheider, he wasn’t rewarded for his commitment. On Saturday, he was the last driver to finish the race by crossing the line in 20th position and on Sunday, he had to settle for finishing 18th. The third driver in these statistics also encountered a weekend to forget. Edoardo Mortara – another Audi driver – completed a total of 259 laps, representing a mileage of 596 kilometres, but although coming close to making it to the points, he also had to leave Nuremberg empty-handed. On Saturday he finished 11th, thus being just pipped in the battle for points and on Sunday he took the chequered flag in 15th position.
The biggest number of laps as race leader were completed by Robert Wickens and Pascal Wehrlein (both Mercedes-Benz): Characteristically, the two race winners hold the top positions in these statistics. While Wehrlein took the lead on lap 18 of the Saturday race and defended it until he had crossed the finish line of the 46-lap race, Wickens completed all his laps a race leader on Sunday. On lap 14 he passed Bruno Spengler for the lead but following his pit-stop on lap 33, he temporarily lost his lead. At first, Paul Di Resta took the lead but on the following lap, the Briton also pitted and DTM rookie Lucas Auer was the new race leader. For two laps, the Austrian could enjoy the feeling to be the leader in a DTM race but then, it was his turn to come in and Wickens was back in the lead to defend it until the race was over. Altogether, both Wickens and Wehrlein completed 29 laps as race leaders. Third position in these statistics was secured by Christian Vietoris who held the lead for 15 laps with Bruno Spengler (13 laps) following in fourth position.
The theoretically fastest race lap of the weekend was set by Robert Wickens (Mercedes-Benz). On Sunday, the Canadian raced in a class of his own and after the race, he held all the three fastest split times. On lap 61 he set the fastest split time – 18.048 seconds – in section one, on lap 60 he was faster than anybody else in section two (14.481 seconds) and on the 69th, the set the fastest split time in sector three: 15.351 seconds. Had he achieved all these three split time on one lap, Wickens had crossed the line after 47.880 seconds – the clearly fastest theoretical lap of the entire field. But as he failed to do so, he needed 48.178 seconds for his fastest race lap. A time the second-fastest, Christian Vietoris, would not even have beaten with his fastest ideal lap. The addition of Vietoris’ three fastest split times would have resulted in a 48.227-second lap while the German’s fastest real lap time added up to 48.404 seconds. Third position in these statistics was secured by Daniel Juncadella. Theoretically, he would have crossed the line in the Sunday race in 48.289 seconds while it took him 48.436 seconds to cross the line at the end of his fastest real race lap.