Nürburgring facts and figures, part two
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 second part of our number games around the seventh DTM weekend we focus on the top speed of the pilots, the quite not unimportant dwelling in the box and therefore, who so far most of the warnings collected.
The highest top speed of the seventh DTM weekend was achieved by Gary Paffett, Sebastian Auer and Maxime Martin
This trio achieved the highest top speed in the second race, on Sunday. Meanwhile, the fastest drivers in race one on Saturday were 16kph slower than Paffett, Auer and Martin, due to the adverse weather conditions.
The fastest pit stop of the weekend was executed by the Phoenix pit crew of Mike Rockenfeller.
In the second race, the Audi Sport Team Phoenix crew executed the fastest pit stop as early as at the end of lap one. This fast stop helped ‘Rocky’ saving important tenths of a second in his home race at the Nürburgring while pitting for a fresh set of tyres. And this fastest lap was just the icing on the cake as Rocky’s crew also had been the fastest in the Saturday race.
The smallest number of laps at the Nürburgring was completed by Nico Müller
Following a collision in the Sunday race, the Audi driver wasn’t ranked in the Sunday round. After 29 of the 40 laps, the Swiss was forced to pit and retire due to the damages. Therefore, Müller drove clearly less laps than any other driver, last weekend in the Eifel.
The biggest number of laps was completed by Robert Wickens
The Canadian in the Mercedes-AMG DTM racer did not only score the biggest number of points (42), in the Eifel, but the winner of the Sunday race also was the driver with the biggest number of laps at the Nürburgring’s 3.629-kilometre sprint circuit under his belt..
René Rast and Marco Wittmann scored the biggest number of qualifying points
Nonetheless, Rast failed – just as it had been the case at Zandvoort – to add further qualifying points to his tally while Wittmann qualified first and second, thus scoring five points. Their chasers Auer and Wickens also scored. The only drivers on the grid that haven’t scored qualifying points to date are Maro Engel and Loïc Duval.
Loïc Duval received the biggest number of bookings
At the Nürburgring, the race control issued a total of eight bookings. In the Saturday qualifying, Loïc Duval received his fifth booking for having crossed the finish line twice when the session was already over. As result he received a 10-position grid penalty for race one. In the case of three bookings, a driver receives a three-position grid penalty and that’s what happened to René Rast in the Sunday race. Currently, Marco Wittmann, Jamie Green and Timo Glock must fear to receive a grid penalty.
The biggest number of podiums was secured by Mattias Ekström
The Swede and his Audi haven’t won a race or secured a pole in 2017 but no other drivers clinched more podiums than the current championship leader.