The expert’s tip: Bernd Schneider not ready to make a prediction
He raced in DTM from 1986 to 2008: Bernd Schneider contested more than 200 races and with five titles under his belt he still is the DTM Record Champion. After his retirement from the series he remained an active motor racer and still is contesting races – usually in the endurance area – on a regular basis and also works as expert. Prior to the Oschersleben race meeting we asked the 51-year old for his assessments. Please read in our expert’s tip why Schneider believes that the chances of winning the Lotto jackpot are bigger than making a correct winner prediction.
On the season so far: “First of all I have to say that the new format definitely has proven itself. As I see it, races on Saturday and Sunday are really thrilling and the spectators are provided a lot of action. Of course there are racetracks where the racing isn’t too exciting. But that’s the same in any other race series. Generally, I feel really well entertained by DTM, this year. In addition, the field is extremely competitive and the racing is very close – what is reflected by the thrilling battle for the title. You also can see that every manufacturer is struggling, at a certain point in time. Last year this applied to Mercedes-Benz and this year, BMW have got their problems – although I expected them to be more competitive after having won the 2014 title. But that’s what makes this series so special. You never can say who will dominate a season. This year’s DTM has got all the ingredients it takes for thrilling motor racing.”
On the circuit at Oschersleben: “Many curbs. You need a car that is able to deal with them and is good when it comes to driving over them. It’s no high-speed circuit. I think that the Audis will enjoy a certain advantage, there. This kind of circuits seems to suit the well. In addition, they have been competitive nearly everywhere, this year. But Mercedes-Benz – and Pascal Wehrlein in particular – also seem to be able to deliver at circuits with these characteristics.”
Schneider’s tip: “It will be extremely close. Difficult to say if Pascal Wehrlein or Mattias Ekström will leave Oschersleben as championship leader. Would I know who will make it to the highest step on the podium, in certain races, I’d go and play Lotto. In this case, I definitely would win the jackpot. I just can’t say it – by no stretch of imagination. Even predicting the victorious brand is impossible for me. There possibly is a tendency speaking for Audi – but that’s noting one should take for granted. And a BMW, particularly Bruno Spengler, also could make for a surprise at any time. Wehrlein is – as I said – in a really great form but Wickens also is a driver who could easily win a race.”