Grid penalties for five drivers
Prior to the start of the race on Sunday, the stewards of the meeting have issued further penalties. And once again, BMW driver Augusto Farfus was affected. Having already been relegated to the back of the grid for the race on Sunday, the Brazilian will now be dropped five places on the grid for the race on Sunday. His team RBM had opened the boxes of the rain tyres already before warm-up, which wasn’t allowed. Team-mate Tom Blomqvist was given the same penalty.
Adrien Tambay (Audi) and Gary Paffett (Mercedes-Benz) were given the harshest penalties. The teams of both drivers had failed to install a mechanical part (‘spacer’) that prevents the activation of the DRS in qualifying. Tambay and Paffett will be relegated to the back row of the grid. After a rather disappointing qualifying, the penalty is a severe blow for Mercedes-Benz. Eighth fastest, Paffett had been the best-placed driver of the brand in qualifying. Tambay would have started from eleventh place.
Miguel Molina already incurred a penalty on Saturday evening. Although he set the second-fastest time in second qualifying with his Audi RS 5 DTM, the Spaniard will only start from fifth place. Timo Glock escaped a grid penalty, but has to pay a fine of 1,000 Euros. After qualifying on Saturday, the BMW driver had omitted to attach the steering wheel again after stepping out of his car.