Hockenheim DTM: Marco Wittmann tops first practice of 2014
|By Andrew van Leeuwen||Saturday, May 3rd 2014, 09:56 GMT|
Marco Wittmann set the pace in the first practice session of the new DTM season at Hockenheim.
The RMG BMW made several appearances in the top three throughout the 90-minute session, before jumping into first with a 1m32.654s lap just three minutes from the end.
Miguel Molina, who had been in the top three for the majority of the session, did his best to match Wittmann just seconds later, but the Abt Audi driver fell just over half a tenth short.
His team-mate Adrien Tambay finished third with a 1m32.855s.
Rookie Nico Muller did a solid job to finish the session fourth in his Rosberg Audi, ahead of RBM BMW driver Augusto Farfus.
Edoardo Mortara (Abt Audi) wound up finishing the session sixth after leading the way for the majority of the 90 minutes, ahead of MTEK BMW rookie Antonio Felix da Costa and Rosberg Audi's Jamie Green, who was the best Briton in eighth.
It was a miserable session for Mercedes, Pascal Wehrlein the best of the C-Coupes down in 13th on his debut in the HWA squad.
Britons Paul di Resta and Gary Paffett (both HWA) were 18th and 19th fastest respectively, as Mercedes drivers filled the last six positions.
Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps 1. Marco Wittmann RMG BMW 1m32.654s 29 2. Miguel Molina Abt Audi 1m32.706s +0.052s 34 3. Adrien Tambay Abt Audi 1m32.855s +0.201s 33 4. Nico Muller Rosberg Audi 1m32.915s +0.261s 33 5. Augusto Farfus RBM BMW 1m32.998s +0.344s 28 6. Edoardo Mortara Abt Audi 1m33.014s +0.360s 24 7. Antonio Felix da Costa MTEK BMW 1m33.056s +0.402s 34 8. Jamie Green Rosberg Audi 1m33.057s +0.403s 35 9. Mike Rockenfeller Phoenix Audi 1m33.072s +0.418s 36 10. Joey Hand RBM BMW 1m33.160s +0.506s 31 11. Timo Scheider Phoenix Audi 1m33.176s +0.522s 28 12. Mattias Ekstrom Abt Audi 1m33.322s +0.668s 36 13. Pascal Wherlein HWA Mercedes 1m33.342s +0.688s 37 14. Timo Glock MTEK BMW 1m33.406s +0.752s 33 15. Martin Tomczyk Schnitzer BMW 1m33.457s +0.803s 30 16. Bruno Spengler Schnitzer BMW 1m33.465s +0.811s 33 17. Maxime Martin RMG BMW 1m33.541s +0.887s 31 18. Paul Di Resta HWA Mercedes 1m33.861s +1.207s 27 19. Gary Paffett HWA Mercedes 1m33.922s +1.268s 26 20. Daniel Juncadella HWA Mercedes 1m33.965s +1.311s 28 21. Vitaly Petrov Mucke Mercedes 1m34.172s +1.518s 36 22. Robert Wickens HWA Mercedes 1m34.282s +1.628s 30 23. Christian Vietoris HWA Mercedes 1m34.296s +1.642s 35