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Ex-F1 racer Heikki Kovalainen completes DTM test with BMW

Heikki Kovalainen, DTM test

Heikki Kovalainen made his DTM testing debut for BMW at Lausitz on Thursday.

Kovalainen took the wheel of BMW's DTM-spec M4 on the fourth and final day of its test at the German circuit, the Formula 1 race winner completing a series of long runs on both the prime and option tyres.

"First of all I am grateful that BMW Motorsport offered me the opportunity to drive its car," Kovalainen said. "I was really looking forward to this interesting experience.

"To be honest, I didn't really know what to expect as I have never driven a car like this.

"But I felt really comfortable in the BMW M4 DTM from the very beginning. It's an impressive car.

"Of course, it is heavier than a Formula One car and has less power, but the aerodynamics are very good and you can drive through corners very fast.

Heikki Kovalainen, DTM test

"The team helped me a lot to get used to everything. You can see that it is highly professional. I enjoyed the day very much."

BMW's regular drivers also spent time testing over the four days, with championship leader Marco Wittmann reporting himself content with the track time ahead of the circuit's upcoming round.

"I am very happy with the results of the tests," the RMG BMW driver said.

"I was able to complete over 500 kilometres and we had absolutely no problems with the car.

"Everything ran completely as it should do. We were able to make some valuable findings - particularly with regard to the next race."

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