Félix da Costa the fastest, Götz with a lot of fighting spirit
Yesterday we already provided you with thrilling facts and figures of the DTM double-header at Zandvoort. [Link] And here comes the second part of the statistics analysis of the Zandvoort weekend.
The fastest race lap of the past weekend was set by António Félix da Costa: in the Saturday race, the Portuguese crossed the line of the Circuit Park Zandvoort in 1:33.462 minutes, with fellow BMW driver Maxime Martine securing second position in this area by being 29 thousandths of a second slower than Félix da Costa. Meanwhile, Mercedes young gun Pascal Wehrlein set the third-fastest race lap, thus demonstrating that not only the BMW drivers were fast, in the Netherlands. Had the German succeeded in achieving his three fastest split times on one lap he even would have set a lap time of 1:33.325 minutes – the best lap time of the weekend. And although this only is a hypothetical lap time it demonstrates what could have been possible, in the conditions.
The fastest qualifying laps, however, were set in cool conditions on Sunday morning, with the temperatures during the race being clearly higher. So, the future winner of the Sunday race, António Félix da Costa, succeeded in securing his first DTM pole with a 1:30.483-minute lap, thus out-qualifying Bruno Spengler and Augusto Farfus by 0.058 and 0.140 seconds respectively.
Félix da Costa scored a total of 43 points for the drivers’ championship, at Zandvoort, and only one driver – Jamie Green – succeeded in adding even more points to his tally, on a race weekend of the 2015 season. At the Lausitzring, the Audi ace celebrated back-to-back wins and was rewarded with 50 points – the basis for his championship lead. Thanks to having travelled to Zandvoort with 0 points on his tally but leaving the Dutch DTM venue with 43 points, Félix da Costa leaped to eighth position in the championship.
Having completed 28 laps as race leader, the Portuguese also was the No 1 in this area, with Saturday winner Maeco Wittmann (25 laps) following close behind. Meanwhile, Maximilian Götz also could enjoy the unfamiliar feeling of being the race leader. He completed the longest first stint in the Sunday race and due to the earlier pit stops of his rivals, he could take the lead – and held it for seven laps.
In addition, the 29-year old was among those who displayed the biggest fighting spirit of the weekend. Over the course of the Saturday race he gained nine positions. On Sunday, Paul Di Resta and Mattias Ekström repeated this amazing feat but only the latter was rewarded with points. The Swede also was the best in this area if you take a look at the aggregated races: altogether, Ekström gained 15 positions, with Timo Scheider who gained seven positions per race following close behind and his team-mate Mike Rockenfeller securing third place with 13 gained positions. Meanwhile, Adrien Tambay had to cope with a weekend of mixed emotions. On Saturday, the Frenchman dropped back by seven positions but on Sunday, he did far better and gained eight places to finish ninth and even add two championship points to his tally.
But no matter if a driver was successful or encountered a weekend to forget, in thee Netherlands: now they all have to leave the Zandvoort meeting behind and look ahead. After all, there are just two and a half weeks to go to the Austrian DTM doubleheader at the Red Bull Ring. A race meeting drivers, teams and motor-racing enthusiasts just can’t wait for.