Mercedes-AMG and BMW had all the reasons to smile this weekend at the eighth round of the DTM season in Lausitzring. Mercedes claimed a 1-2 finish while the 2014 DTM championship title went to BMW driver Marco Wittmann. For Mercedes, it was a special victory which was claimed by 19-year old Pascal Wehrlein, this was his maiden DTM win while second place went to Christian Vietoris.
Wittmann finished in P6 but gathered enough points to allow him scoop the 2014 title with only two more rounds left in the season. Audi driver Mattias Ekström was the only one who could have prevented Wittmann from taking an early title but he had a poor start when he slid into the gravel trap. On lap 27 he had to park his car after his tire came off.
Finishing in third yesterday was Timo Scheider making this his first podium finish of the season. He was also the best placed Audi driver. Daniel Juncadella and Robert Wickens ensured that Mercedes had four cars in the top five by finishing in fourth and fifth respectively. With Wittmann giving BMW the best position for the day, he was followed by Augusto Farfus in seventh and Martin Tomczyk in eighth.
The next DTM race weekend will take place at Circuit Park Zandvoort on September 27.
Wolfgang Schattling, head of DTM management, Mercedes-Benz:
First of all, I have to extend my congratulations to BMW and Marco Wittmann. But we are on cloud number nine, too. We never expected to score a 1-2 here at the Lausitzring. I also have to praise Pascal Wehrlein. Thanks to his success today, he is now the youngest race winner in DTM history.
Dieter Gass, head of DTM, Audi:
Today, we didn’t get the maximum result out of our good starting grid positions. Especially as far as the manufacturers’ championship is concerned, we didn’t achieve enough. We will have to analyse our performance in the rain, because we were lacking consistency in that stage of the race.
Jens Marquardt, BMW Motorsport Director:
I am super happy. The fact that Marco already was so consistent and fast in his second year is a great success. One shouldn’t forget that we have a new car this year. Everybody together has done a tremendous job. But there are still two titles at stake, so we will continue to push.