In Hungary, assessing the circuit is particularly difficult for the DTM drivers. There are nearly no experiences as the Hungaroring staged only two DTM appearance so far. In 1988, the series raced at the circuit located not far from Hungary’s capital Budapest for the first time. 2014 was the second occasion for the DTM drivers. While Formula One has been a permanent guest at the Hungarian racetrack since it was opened in 1986, the DTM drivers will race at the ‘flat plate’ for the only third time, this year from 23rd to 25th September. The circuit got this nickname due to its topography. The track was built in a valley and the grandstands are placed further up, offering the spectators the chance of seeing 80 percent of the circuit – perfect preconditions for the fans.
The drivers will have to cope with a demanding track layout, in Hungary. Countless slow corners turn overtaking into a virtually impossible task. The best opportunity for passing a rival arguably is offered after the long home straight where the track veers to the right. And although DTM raced in Hungary just once, to date, nearly all the drivers have got some Hungaroring experience under their belts. Only Maximilian Götz, Lucas Auer, Tom Blomqvist and Esteban Ocon will enter virgin soil on this year’s Hungarian race weekend..
The DTM winner 2014 at Budapest, Marco Wittmann, will have been delighted, just as his manufacturer, BMW, to learn that Hungary is back on the calendar, this year. And the same certainly also applies to Audi. Wittmann, Miguel Molina and Bruno Spengler made it to the podium, with Nico Müller establishing the DTM lap record by crossing the line of the 4.381-kilometre circuit in 1:37.556 minutes. Meanwhile, Mercedes-Benz was clearly inferior. The best driver representing the Stuttgarters’ colours, Robert Wickens, finished 11th. A record the manufacturer definitely wants to improve, on the penultimate race weekend of the 2016 season.