Duval was the bad boy, Glock the one with the biggest fine
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 eight focuses on the bookings, penalties and fines. Who of the 18 drivers attracted particular attention by rough driving? The offenses committed most often were causing collisions (11), jump starts (6) and pit-lane speeding (4).
with the most penalties
The bad guy of the season most definitely was Audi driver Loïc Duval. At the end of the season, the Frenchman had the smallest number of points but the biggest number of penalties and bookings on his tally. The DTM rookie received a total of six bookings for different offenses. Once he drove on the working lane, another time he ignored blue flags. The following four positions in this ranking were secured by four drivers who secured top-five positions in the championship: Jamie Green (Audi / 5), Marco Wittmann (BMW / 4), René Rast and Mattias Ekström (Audi / both 3).
The good guys
These five drivers received a three-position grid penalty for their third booking. Duval and Green even received a 10-position penalty for five bookings. Only after these maximum penalties the bookings were deleted. A particularly bitter regulation for Green and Ekström who received their grid penalties for the Sunday race of the season finale what meant a heavy blow for their championship ambitions.
with most warnings
The two BMW drivers Timo Glock and Augusto Farfus got away with two bookings each, thus succeeding in just avoiding a grid penalty. Gary Paffett, Maro Engel, Edoardo Mortara, Paul Di Resta, Robert Wickens (all Mercedes-AMG) as well as Nico Müller and Mike Rockenfeller received just one booking.
When it came to the manufacturers, Audi was the clear leader with 19 bookings, with BMW (8) and Mercedes-AMG following far behind.
The hightest fines
Apart from Duval, Maro Engel (Mercedes-AMG), Jamie Green (Audi) and Tom Blomqvist (BMW) also had to cope with four penalties, one more than Robert Wickens, Paul Di Resta, Gary Paffett (all Mercedes-AMG) and Maxime Martin (BMW). The offenses committed most often were causing a collision (11 times), jump starts (6) and pit-lane speeding (4).
Meanwhile, Timo Glock had to pay more fines than any of his competitors. At Zandvoort, the BMW driver received the biggest fine of the entire season. Following the Sunday qualifying Glock gave the Mercedes-AMG garages the finger after having had a close encounter with Edoardo Mortara, a behaviour he had to pay €3,000 for. The race weekend at the Dutch North-Sea coast was eventful anyway. The drivers received a total of nine penalties, more than in any other race meeting of the season.
Compared to that, Maro Engel and Tom Blomqvist with €1,000 each got off lightly. The Mercedes-AMG driver received his fine for having lost a wheel in the second free practice session at the Norisring in the pit lane, with the wheel rolling onto the fast lane. While the BMW driver forgot to re-mount his steering wheel after getting out of his car in the second race of the Moscow weekend. Other drivers who had to pay fines were Paul Di Resta (750), Robert Wickens (700), Gary Paffett (500), Lucas Auer (500 / all Mercedes-AMG), Marco Wittmann (BMW / 700) and René Rast (Audi / 300.)