Müller the quickest on the second day of the ITR tests at Budapest
DTM rookie Nico Müller proved to be invincible on the second day of the official ITR tests at Budapest’s Hungaroring. On day one, Miguel Molina had been the quickest and now, the Swiss gave Audi their second consecutive top position on the time sheets. In the striking orange Audi RS 5 DTM of his team-mate Jamie Green, Müller crossed the line in 1:37.505 minutes, with Mattias Ekström in an other Audi and Gary Paffett in the DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé finishing second and third respectively. All the three drivers broke the 1:38-minute barrier, something that was achieved solely by Molina, on Monday.
Behind Paffett, DTM returnee Paul Di Resta took another DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé to fourth position, followed by the four BMW M4 DTM drivers. The fastest of them was Marco Wittmann in fifth position, with DTM rookie Antonio Felix da Costa – the fastest man of the morning session – Joey Hand and Bruno Spengler coming sixth, seventh and eighth.
Vitaly Petrov (Mercedes-Benz), the third rookie on the 2014 DTM grid, finished ninth on the time sheets, ahead of Audi drivers Edoardo Mortara and Timo Scheider as well as Pascal Wehrlein (Mercedes-Benz).
The testing at Budapest, on 01st June venue of the third round of the season, will be continued up to and including Thursday. On Wednesday, the DTM teams and drivers will test from 08:30 to 12:00hrs and from 13:00 to 18:00hrs while the track time on Thursday will last from 08:30 to 12:00hrs and from 13:00 to 17:00hrs. And from 14th to 17th April, teams and drivers will have the chance of testing for another four days at the Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg, the venue of the season opener held on 04th May.
Nico Müller (Audi RS 5 DTM): “I’m virtually over the moon. This was a great first day at Audi and in DTM. To have the chance of driving the Audi RS 5 DTM here in Hungary is a true highlight. It was particularly important for me to see that I felt really good in the team and in the car right from the start. We don’t really mind the times but nonetheless, it’s always nicer to be at the top of the time sheets than further down. We try to complete our programme and learn as much as possible for the season, in these tests. I like the Hungaroring and have fond memories of it as I succeeded in winning races here in every category I raced in, in the past four years. I like the track, it’s very technical. And it also seems to suit our car rather well. Therefore, we are very happy with what we achieved today.”
Marco Wittmann (BMW M4 DTM): “I’m rather happy. We succeeded in completing our scheduled programme, in the morning session, and gathered some valuable experiences. We don’t try to set the fastest possible lap times, here, but want to reel off our programme and gather as much information as possible. So, far, it has been a very, very positive test. I hope that things will continue like that, allowing us to travel well prepared to the next tests at Hockenheim and get in perfect condition for the season kick-off. Now, all the others also are out there on the track and you can feel the competition beginning again. It’s big fun to drive the new BMW M4 DTM.”
Testing times, Tuesday, 1st April, day two completed:
1st Nico Müller (CHE) Audi RS 5 DTM 1:37.505 minutes
2nd Mattias Ekström (SWE) Audi RS5 DTM 1:37.912
3rd Gary Paffett (GBR) DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé 1:37.927
4th Paul Di Resta (GBR) DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé 1:38,121
5th Marco Wittmann (DEU) BMW M4 DTM 1:38.160
6th Antonio Felix da Costa (PRT) BMW M4 DTM 1:38,168
7th Joey Hand (USA) BMW M4 DTM 1:38.286
8th Bruno Spengler (CAN) BMW M4 DTM 1:38.458
9th Vitaly Petrov (RUS) DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé 1:38.781
10th Edoardo Mortara (ITA) Audi RS5 DTM 1:38.796
11th Timo Scheider (DEU) Audi RS5 DTM 1:39.054
12th Pascal Wehrlein (DEU) DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé 1:39.826