Mortara gained more ground than anybody else
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 compares the average grid positions with the average race results of the 18 drivers.
Taking a look at the three best and the three worst drivers on average in the qualifying sessions and the races you quickly will realise that there is nearly no correlation. The top three in the qualifying were Audi driver René Rast (5.16) as well as the BMW pairing Marco Wittmann (6.83) and Timo Glock (7.27). At the same time, the two Mercedes-AMG drivers Edoardo Mortara (13.00) and Maro Engel (14.33) as well as Audi’s Loïc Duval (14.66) never really got going in the battle for the grid positions. The best race results were secured by an Audi trio: Mattias Ekström (6.44), Mike Rockenfeller (7.16) and Jamie Green (7.27) while BMW drivers Augusto Farfus (12.22) and Tom Blomqvist (14.00) as well as Audi’s Loïc Duval (14.05) encountered an extremely difficult season in this area.
Meanwhile, those who have to cope with position far back on the grid still have the opportunity to gain a lot of positions – for instance by a good tyre strategy. An approach that was particularly well implemented by three Mercedes-AMG drivers. Here, Edoardo Mortara was the most successful driver of the season by gaining an average of 3.23 positions over the course of the season. Second place was clinched by Maro Engel with an average of 2.67 positions gained followed by Paul Di Resta (+ 1.89) in third. At the same time, one driver in particular just wasn’t able to make use of his good grid positions: Tom Blomqvist. On average, the BMW driver lost massive 5.45 positions compared to his grid positions. And fellow BMW driver Augusto Farfus also couldn’t be happy with his achievements in this ranking. He lost 3.12 positions per race. Surprisingly, the new champion, René Rast, also lost an average of 2.22 places. But on the other hand, he was dominating driver when it came to the qualifying sessions.