Nürburgring facts and figures part one
The Mercedes star was beaming brightly, on the past weekend. In front of 78,000 spectators, the drivers racing for the Stuttgart based brand dominated both rounds held at the legendary Eifel circuit. On the rainy Saturday, all the top-four positions were secured by the Mercedes-AMG camp and on Sunday, in dry conditions, another one-two was added to their tally. The true winner of the weekend, however, was Mattias Ekström. The Audi ace scored in solid style in both races, thus extending his championship lead on the way to the home straight of the 2017 DTM season. DTM.com looks back on the Nürburgring weekend. In the first part of our number games around the seventh DTM weekend we focus on the lap times and the question who has been the race leader for the longest time, to date. In these statistics, drivers from all the three camps hold the top positions.
The fastest lap of the entire weekend was set by Marco Wittmann
Due to the weather conditions at the Nürburgring, all the Sunday lap times were faster than those set on the wet Friday and Saturday. No matter if in the practice session, the qualifying session or the race. The fastest lap times were set in the qualifying session.
The fastest theoretical lap also was set by Marco Wittmann
The BMW driver set the fastest split times in all the three sectors (41.232 / 20.020 /19.505) and could have improved his pole time by 179 hundredths of a second had he set these split times on the same lap. Audi’s Paul Di Resta also could have improved. Meanwhile, Robert Wickens and Lucas Auer secured their grid positions with laps that also were their fastest theoretical laps. A feat Augustus Farfus (1:21.321 minutes failed to achieve. With his fastest theoretical lap, the Brazilian would have leaped from seventh to third position on the grid.
The fastest race lap was set by René Rast in the Sunday round
On this lap, the Audi driver achieved an average speed of 158.726kph. In the Saturday race, in wet conditions, the fastest lap time set by Rast’s fellow Audi driver Nico Müller was clearly slower: 1:31.42 minutes. With his fastest race lap, Rast also clearly broke the previous lap record (1:23.175 minutes) established by Marco Wittmann in 2014.
Following the Nürburgring weekend, René Rast has got the biggest number of kilometres and laps in the lead under his belt.
The Audi driver defended his lead in this ranking at the Nürburgring, with Bruno Spengler and Lucas Audi following in second and third positions. Nonetheless, Rast didn’t add further laps and kilometres to his record. Meanwhile, Spengler held the lead from lap 16 to lap 25 on Sunday and Auer was the race leader on Saturday from lap 20 to lap 23 and on the final two laps until he crossed the finish line as race winner.
Edoardo Mortara gained the biggest number of positions compared to the starting grid
The Mercedes-AMG driver encounters a difficult season but none the less, Mortara gained more position in the races compared to his grid positions than any of his 17 rivals, in the 14 races contested to date. The next positions in this ranking are held by Maro Engel and Paul Di Resta who both already won a race in the 2017 season.