Hungaroring DTM: BMW's Marco Wittmann on pole again
|By Andrew van Leeuwen||Saturday, May 31st 2014, 17:36 GMT|
Marco Wittmann will start from pole position for the second DTM race in a row after dominating qualifying at the Hungaroring.
"Of course, it's great," said Wittmann. "Qualifying went pretty well through all the sessions. The car was pretty good, and I felt comfortable. To be on pole is a great effort for the team."
Timo Glock made it a BMW 1-2 with second place, the ex-Formula 1 driver falling just over two tenths short of pole position in Q3, while Miguel Molina was the best of the Audis - and the only non-BMW in the top six - with third.
Series rookie Maxime Martin made his first appearance in Q3, and wound up an impressive fourth fastest, finishing just two hundredths behind Molina.
"It's great. It's my first Q3, so P4 is quite good," he said. "The team did a good job, BMW is strong, so I'm looking forward to tomorrow."
On what was a good day for the rookies, Antonio Felix da Costa kept his 100 per cent Q3 record alive, qualifying fifth fastest ahead of Augusto Farfus and Adrien Tambay.
Nico Muller, who like Martin was making his first appearance in Q3, qualified eighth.
At the other end of the grid, it was another disappointing day for Mercedes.
All five drivers eliminated from Q1 were from Mercedes, with Pascal Wehrlein and Robert Wickens the only two making it into the second session.
By the end of Q2, all seven Mercedes were inside the last eight, Martin Tomczyk's 18th place in the Schnitzer BMW the only thing saving the Three-Pointed Star from completely anchoring the grid.
"In normal conditions, points are not possible [tomorrow]," said Wehrlein, who was best of the Mercedes down in 16th.
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Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap 1. Marco Wittmann RMG BMW 1m36.518s 2. Timo Glock MTEK BMW 1m36.731s +0.213s 3. Miguel Molina Abt Audi 1m36.757s +0.239s 4. Maxime Martin RMG BMW 1m36.777s +0.259s 5. Antonio Felix da Costa MTEK BMW 1m36.896s +0.378s 6. Augusto Farfus RBM BMW 1m37.061s +0.543s 7. Adrien Tambay Abt Audi 1m37.134s +0.616s 8. Nico Muller Rosberg Audi 1m37.174s +0.656s 9. Bruno Spengler Schnitzer BMW 1m37.257s Q2 10. Jamie Green Rosberg Audi 1m37.259s Q2 11. Mattias Ekstrom Abt Audi 1m37.301s Q2 12. Edoardo Mortara Abt Audi 1m37.352s Q2 13. Mike Rockenfeller Phoenix Audi 1m37.611s Q2 14. Joey Hand RBM BMW 1m37.644s Q2 15. Timo Scheider Phoenix Audi 1m37.766s Q2 16. Pascal Wehrlein HWA Mercedes 1m37.846s Q2 17. Robert Wickens HWA Mercedes 1m37.857s Q2 18. Martin Tomczyk Schnitzer BMW 1m37.945s Q2 19. Paul di Resta HWA Mercedes 1m38.133s Q1 20. Daniel Juncadella Mucke Mercedes 1m38.216s Q1 21. Gary Paffett HWA Mercedes 1m38.384s Q1 22. Vitaly Petrov Mucke Mercedes 1m38.960s Q1 23. Christian Vietoris HWA Mercedes 1m39.022s Q1