Attractive, well-balanced and challenging
It was a spectacular, eventful season, with DTM delivering to the max. The races were thrilling and the racing was close as the field proved to be extremely well-balanced. Consequently, nuances turned out to be crucial in the fight for the wins. DTM.com took a close look at what happened during the course of the season and will present interesting figures in a multi-chapter series. Part seven comes to the conclusion that DTM provides clearly better-balanced motor racing than Formula One.
Formula One is commonly regarded as ‘The pinnacle of motor racing’. And comparing the facts and figures of the two popular series makes clear why Maro Engel once called DTM ‘the pinnacle of touring-car racing’. After all, the touring-car series clearly has got the upper hand in this comparison. It is attractive, outstandingly-balanced and challenging, with Formula One following clearly behind when it comes to a well-balanced grid.
In the 22 races of the 2017 season, only five of the 20 Formula One regulars made it to the top step of the podium: Daniel Ricciardo, Max Verstappen, Valtteri Bottas, Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel. In the 18 DTM races, however, twelve drivers secured a winners’ trophy: Jamie Green, Lucas Auer, René Rast, Marco Wittmann, Paul Di Resta, Robert Wickens, Maro Engel, Mattias Ekström, Mike Rockenfeller, Timo Glock, Maxime Martin and Bruno Spengler. A difference that is just as clear in other rankings such as podiums (16 / 7), pole-sitters (10 / 4) and race leaders (18 / 6). Only in the area ‘drivers who scored’ (18 / 19) it’s a virtual tie.