Did you actually know…
…that a success such as the one celebrated at Istanbul – with for cars of one brand securing the top-four positions – has been Mercedes-Benz’ fourth since 2000? On 20th August, 2000, Schneider, Ludwig, Fässler and Lamy clinched the top-for positions at the Nürburgring, on 17th June, 2001, Schneider, Albers, Huismann and Tiemann did the same at the Sachsenring, while Fässler, Schneider, Alesi and Alzen repeated this feat on 08th September, 2002, at the A1-Ring.
…that the Istanbul winner, Gary Paffett, lost his lead in the race only twice, and each time for just one lap? Following Paffett’s first pit stop, on lap 17, Mika Häkkinen temporarily took the lead, and following Paffett’s second stop, Schneider held the lead for a lap.
…that the DTM drivers covered a total of 2377 laps, during the course of DTM’s debut at the 5.338-kilometre ‘Istanbul Park’, representing a total mileage of 12,688.426 kilometres?
…that Marcel Fässler was the busiest driver, at the ‘Istanbul Park’? In his Opel Vectra GTS V8, the Swiss driver covered a total of 133 laps.
…that Christian Abt completed the smallest number of laps, during the Turkish DTM weekend? The German lapped the ‘Istanbul Park’ just 86 times.
…that Gary Paffett needs to score just one more point to secure the DTM Championship? Should Ekström win the season finale with Paffett scoring a point, both would have the same amount of points on their tally, but Paffett would be the new DTM champion because of having secured more race wins (5).
…that the race at the ‘Istanbul Park’ was the first since 23 rounds Mattias Ekström had to leave empty-handed? Back in 2003, he was forced into early retirement, at the Norisring.
…that Gary Paffett scored points in each of the latest 16 DTM rounds? The last race he left empty-handed was the 2004 EuroSpeedway Lausitz round when he was excluded after the race.
…that Bernd Schneider is the best positioned German driver in the championship? Prior to the race at Istanbul, Heinz-Harald Frentzen held this position. Now, the DTM Record Champion has 22 points on his tally and holds sixth position in the championship.
…that Christian Abt is the most successful driver of a 2004-spec car? In the ten races contested so far, the German scored 16 points, with his best result being the runner-up finish secured at the Norisring.
…that only Gary Paffett, Mattias Ekström and Tom Kristensen made it to all the Super Poles held so far? All the three succeeded in securing one pole position at least.
…that it was already the second time that Bruno Spengler secured third grid position, in his 2004-spec car. The first time he did so was in the Norisring event.
…that Bruno Spengler contested 50 percent of the Super Poles, in his 2004-spec car, more than any other 2004-spec car driver?
…that team ‘DaimlerChrysler Bank AMG-Mercedes’ has already secured the team championship? Gary Paffett and Jean Alesi scored a total of 100 points for their team, thus securing the first of this year’s titles for the Stuttgart based brand. The second placed team (Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline / 79 points) has no more chance of closing the gap, in the season finale.
…that there’s a new leader in the brand rankings? Prior to the season finale at Hockenheim, Mercedes-Benz (180 points) holds the lead, with Audi (168 points) and Opel (42) being second and third respectively.
…that the fastest man of the qualifying session once again failed to secure pole position? The only driver who succeeded in doing so in the season so far was Gary Paffett, at Brno.
…that Rinaldo Capello and Alexandros Margaritis are the only drivers who failed to score points, in the season so far. At Spa-Francorchamps, however, Margaritis finished ninth, thus just missing a point-finish.