Zandvoort analysis part 2 | DTM
2005-09-01 15:10:17

Zandvoort analysis part 2

Zandvoort analysis part 2

Following the eighths race of the 2005 DTM season, held at Zandvoort, Netherlands, the battle for the championship is just as close as it was before. The title favourites are still split by just one point and the title hunt is extremely thrilling. At the same time, Heinz-Harald Frentzen secured Opel’s second podium finish. has taken a close look at the performances of teams and drivers throughout the entire race weekend:

Pierre Kaffer: Just as it was the case in the recent races, the German delivered a competitive performance in the eighth round of the 2005 DTM season. His eleventh place was the best result he took during the course of the entire weekend. Only in the qualifying sessions, when everything has to work in perfect harmony, Kaffer still tends to struggle. Yet, from his 18th grid position, he performed an impressive chase. (Results: 18 / 5 / 10 / 11 /- / 8 / 12). Grade: 3

Mika Häkkinen: It’s all about timing. At Zandvoort, Mika Häkkinen had to experience that – due to the extreme competitiveness of the DTM field – the timing can be vital, when it comes to finding crucial tenths and hundredths of a second, in the qualifying session. The Finn went out too late and missed the Super Pole by one hundredth of a second. Eleventh position on the grid, turned around by Manuel Reuter on lap nine. From this point in time, there wasn’t much he could do to gain positions. (Results: 18 / 5 / 10 / 11 /- / 8 / 12). Grade 3

Alexandros Margaritis: His race result doesn’t exactly reflect the Greek’s competitiveness displayed at Zandvoort. In nearly all the sessions, Margaritis had to settle for backmarker positions. In the qualifying session, his last effort to set a fast lap time ended in the gravel and he qualified 17th. In spite of a poor start, Margaritis battled his way up, behind the wheel of his 2004 spec car and finished 13th, in the 38-lap race. (Results: 13 / 15 / 19 / 17 / - / 10 / 13). Grade: 3

Laurent Aiello: The 2002 DTM Champion actually delivered a competitive performance, at Zandvoort. Following his good results in the Friday test sessions and the free practice session held on Saturday morning, a top ten grid position should have been possible. Yet, Aiello struggled in the qualifying session and had to settle for 13th position on the grid. The race also went anything but perfect for the Frenchman. At the end of lap one, he had dropped back to last place, and in lap twelve, after having closed in on Stippler, he pushed the Audi driver off the track and was penalised with a drive-thru penalty. Following his eventful race, 14th place was the best Aiello could achieve. (Results: 10 / 7 / 6 / 13 / - / 11 / 14). Grade: 4

Allan McNish: Top in the qualifying session, a flop in the race. In addition, the Scotsman experienced a dose of bad luck. In the qualifying session, he finished ninth, thus qualifying for the Super Pole where he secured seventh grid position. During the start, he had to move over to avoid hitting Green who had made an extremely poor start – and the side of his car was hit, resulting in damages on steering and aerodynamics. A puncture and a plastic bag plugging his cooling inlets added to the drama – and McNish retired on lap 32. (Results: 8 / 11 / 8 / 12 / - / 6 / 16). Grade: 3

Manuel Reuter: Quite obviously, Manuel Reuter had hoped to experience a more positive course of his 200th DTM race. Just like the one of several other drivers, Manuel Reuter’s qualifying strategy was spoiled by the red flags following Jean Alesi’s crash. A top-ten position would have been possible, but at the end of the day, he had to settle for 12th position on the grid. In the race, Reuter was about tenth when he collided with Mika Häkkinen, on lap ten, and was penalised with a drive-thru penalty. At the end of lap 27, he returned to the pits to retire due to balance problems. (Results: 8 / 11 / 8 / 12 / - / 6 / -). Grade: 4.

Stefan Mücke: A difficult qualifying session represented the beginning of Mücke’s troubles. According to the young German, his first stint was hampered by traffic, the second one by the red flags and the third one by an extremely dirty track. The result: only 20th on the grid. In the opening stages of the race, he succeeded in gaining several positions, but on lap 19, he had to stop due to a technical problem of his AMG-Mercedes C-Class. The first analysis: “Probably a suspension failure,” caused by minor collisions in the midfield battle. (Results: 17 / 13 / 18 / 20 / - / 12 / -). Grade: 5

Rinaldo Capello: Once again, Rinaldo Capello failed to score his maiden DTM points, at Zandvoort. Following moderate lap times in the practice sessions, a radical set-up change made after the warm-up was successful. “The understeer was gone and the lap times were competitive,” revealed Capello. In lap 15, the Italian was pushed off the track by Bernd Schneider while braking into the ‘Tarzanbocht’. (Results: 3 / 10 / 9 / 10 / 9 / 15 / -). Grade: 3

Frank Stippler: In nearly every session, the Audi works driver met the expectations. A good lap time and third place on Friday as well as further top-ten positions represent the results in Stippler’s reach. In the race, the German was involved in a close encounter with Laurent Aiello, on lap 12, resulting in a damaged rear wheel and early retirement. (Results: 3 / 10 / 9 / 10 / 9 / 15 / -). Grade: 3

Jean Alesi: Prior to the race, the Frenchman had mentioned that his former Zandvoort appearances hadn’t been worth the travel. “I’ll give my very best to change this,” announced the impulsive Frenchman. But at the end of the day, Alesi’s ‘very best’ wasn’t good enough to secure a pleasing result, at Zandvoort. A spectacular crash in the qualifying session, 20th grid position and retirement on lap 30 due to a technical failure: Let’s just forget it, Jean! (Results: 15 / 14 / 20 / 19 / - / 5 / -). Grade: 5

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