Harsh penalty for Wickens
Maximum care is required in the chicane after the start-and-finish straight of the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben, particularly after the start. Thus, it didn’t really come as a surprise that not all the cars made it through the fight S corner without damage in the first DTM race. For Nico Müller, Mike Rockenfeller, Jamie Green and Robert Wickens, the collisions in the first corner eventually led to their retirement. All four were still able to drive a few laps, but the damage on their respective cars turned out to be too big. The stewards of the meeting identified Robert Wickens and Mike Rockenfeller as the drivers to have caused the incidents. The penalties that were imposed were particularly harsh for the Canadian.
On the starting grid for the second race in the Magdeburger Börde, Wickens will be dropped 13 positions. After all, the Mercedes-Benz driver is racing on probation in the seventh round of the 2015 season. After repeated speed infringements in the pitlane at Moscow Raceway, Wickens was penalised with a ten places’ grid penalty, to come into force in case he commits another offence at Oschersleben. When he was a little bit overambitious going into the chicane after the start on Saturday, didn’t brake in time and turned Nico Müller’s Audi around, the stewards of the meeting found this to be an infringement of the conditions regarding his suspended penalty. Additionally, they imposed a penalty for the manoeuvre that had gone wrong – a drop of three positions. Thus, the Sunday at Sachsen-Anhalt is almost done for the Canadian even before starting qualifying.
At exactly the same time as Wickens, Mike Rockenfeller was similarly unfortunate. The Audi driver also missed his braking point and turned his fellow Audi driver Jamie Green around. The winner of the second race at Moscow will be dropped three places on the grid at Oschersleben on Sunday.