2016 made for two one-two-three-four’s – for Mercedes-AMG on Saturday and BMW on Sunday. It was the fourth appearance of DTM at the circuit located not far from Moscow.
In mid August, the 24 DTM drivers had to cope with conditions they had not yet encountered in the season so far. Due to torrential rain during the Saturday race, the cars were sliding all over the place. Amazingly, the wets that can be distinguished by the blue writing on the sides were solely used in Russia, in that year. The Mercedes drivers coped best with the situation. “The car was phenomenal today,” said the future winner, Robert Wickens. “Actually, I just had to make sure that I wouldn’t mess it up by making a stupid mistake.” As BMW’s Marco Wittmann had to settle for finishing 19th, Wickens also took the championship lead. Wittmann, who failed to score for the first time in nine races struck back on Sunday. In his 50th DTM race he secured his seventh pole and his seventh race win. “We turned yesterday’s disaster into a distant memory by making everything right, today,” beamed Wittmann who was followed by his fellow BMW drivers Tom Blomqvist, Bruno Spengler and Augusto Farfus. And there was another impressive DTM debut that has to be mentioned: In the summer break, DTM rookie Esteban Ocon switched from DTM to Formula One and Felix Rosenqvist inherited the Mercedes-AMG race seat. In torrential rain, the Swede finished 10th to score his first DTM point right away.