Second free practice: all three brands in the top three
With eight minutes to go in second free practice on Saturday morning, Robert Wickens completed an almost perfect lap of the Norisring. With his Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM, the Canadian was the only driver in the field to post a lap time under 55 seconds (54.933 seconds). Thus, he came out on top in the final test prior to first qualifying (Saturday, 13.25 hrs). After a washed-out session, all the three manufacturers in the DTM were represented in the top three: Mike Rockenfeller came out second-fastest with his Audi RS 5 DTM (55.087 seconds) and BMW driver Timo Glock ended up third (55.108 seconds).
When the drivers went out onto the track at 10:15 hrs, there was a lot of spray behind the cars. Rain in Nuremberg made life difficult for the drivers. The first victim was Pascal Wehrlein, who ran over the track limits at the Grundig hairpin and slightly hit the tyre stacks with his Mercedes, but no damage was done. Wehrlein was able to continue without any problems and went on to post the eight-fastest time as the track slowly dried out (55.365 seconds). His fellow Mercedes-Benz driver Maximilian Götz and BMW driver Tom Blomqvist copied the error of the young German. For both, contact with the tyre stacks also remained without consequences, but they couldn’t match Wehrlein’s time. While Götz clearly drove the slowest lap of the field in 55.862 seconds, Blomqvist’s best result (55.613 seconds) saw him end up 17th.
After his good result, Rockenfeller’s confidence was slightly boosted: “Jamie Green really is having a good run. Somehow, they have a setting on their car that we haven’t found so far. In the past races, I had to fight hard, but things are going better and better. The battle for the championship is far from over yet.” Glock has the same view: “Yesterday, we already did quite well with Bruno Spengler, today I am quite well up the ranks. That is a good situation. Of course, free practice shouldn’t be overestimated. We have to wait and see what can be done.”
In qualifying from 13.25 hrs, it will become clear how much the impressions from the two free practice sessions are worth. The first of two races at the street circuit in Nuremberg gets underway at 16.48 hrs.