Mercedes-AMG gain the biggest number of positions
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 five demonstrates which drivers gained or lost the biggest number of places compared to their positions on the grid.
Among the winners in this area are – first of all – Edoardo Mortara (58), Maro Engel (48) and Paul Di Resta (36). Over the course of the season, the three Mercedes-AMG drivers gained more positions in the races than anybody else. ‘Edo’ secured the top position in this ranking. The Swiss-Italian contested his first season for the brand with the star on the grille and couldn’t tie in with his performances in the previous DTM seasons. In the end, he had to settle for finishing 15th in the championship, with 61 points on his tally. His best comebacks were the one in the first round of the Lausitzring meeting where he was 16th on the grid to finish seventh and the second race at the Norisring. The third place he secured there was the highlight of his season and even more so as he once again had been 16th on the grid. In an extremely close battle following a safety-car period he crossed the finish line just two thousandths of a second ahead of Audi’s Mattias Ekström.
Meanwhile, Maro Engel shone in both Nürburgring rounds: in the first he was ninth on the grid and took the chequered flag in fourth position and in the second, he battled his way up from 14th grid position to finish fifth. And on the Sunday of the Moscow race meeting, the 30-year old made for the bombshell of the season: from the second to last position on the grid he passed the entire field to celebrate his very first DTM win. A success the DTM returnee had been waiting for 52 races. During the course of the rest of the season however, Engel failed to shine again and in the end, he finished 15th with 51 points on his tally.
One win and two second places were the highlights of Paul Di Resta’s season but the Scot lacked the necessary consistency. Finishing 11th in the championship didn’t meet the expectations of the 2010 DTM Champion. The 31-year old convinced particularly on the Saturday in Hungary. From 13th grid position, the Scot secured – supported by an early safety-car period on lap nine – the eighth race win in his DTM career.
At the same time, Tom Blomqvist was the driver who lost clearly more positions over the course of the season than anybody else: 95! The BMW driver secured two poles – on Sunday at the Norisring and at Hockenheim on the grid for the final race of the season – but at the street circuit he lost nine positions in the race and in the season finale he even was forced into retirement. The sixth place on the Saturday of the Norisring meeting was the best result of the Briton who came last but one in the championship, in the end. A lot of positions also were lost by René Rast (44) and Augusto Farfus (38). In the case of the Audi driver – the clearly best qualifier in the season – the retirements in Hockenheim 2 (second grid position), Norisring 2 (10th grid position) and Zandvoort 2 (fifth on the grid) made a particularly negative impact. And the Brazilian who had to settle for finishing 16th in the championship convinced in particular in the qualifying for the Zandvoort races by securing first and second grid positions – but in the races he dropped back to finish eighth and sixth respectively.