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Bortolotti: Number of crashes in Norisring DTM race one "abnormal"

Mirko Bortolotti believes the crash-blighted opening DTM race at the Norisring on Saturday was "abnormal" and that Sunday's race was not better behaved due to convening an additional drivers' briefing.

DTM Norisring: Fraga scores dominant win for Red Bull Ferrari

Felipe Fraga converted pole position to his maiden DTM victory at the Norisring, the Red Bull Ferrari driver triumphing in a caution-free race as Mirko Bortolotti claimed the points lead.

DTM Norisring: Red Bull's Fraga beats Bortolotti to Sunday pole

Felipe Fraga secured his first DTM pole position at the Norisring, as the Red Bull Ferrari driver pipped Group B pace-setter Mirko Bortolotti in his later Group A session.

DTM figures call for driving standards crackdown after Norisring chaos

DTM drivers need to show more “respect” to their fellow competitors, teams and paying spectators after a crash-filled Norisring race on Saturday, according to Winward Racing team boss Christian Hohenadel.

Van der Linde "cautious" in Norisring DTM race after 2021 incidents

Norisring DTM polesitter Kelvin van der Linde says he was too "cautious" in the race as he wanted to "show that I had learned" from incidents at last year's event.

Braking performance key for Porsche in “messy” Norisring DTM 1-2

Thomas Preining and Dennis Olsen believe that Porsche's strong braking and tyre-warming performance was significant in the Weissach marque securing its first DTM win in a “messy” opening Norisring race.

Rast: ABS on GT3 cars "causing" DTM Norisring crashes

Three-time DTM champion Rene Rast says the anti-lock braking systems on GT3 cars are a factor in the high number of crashes seen in the opening race at the Norisring.

DTM Norisring: Preining scores historic Porsche 1-2 amid incidents

Thomas Preining scored Porsche’s first DTM victory in an eventful race at the Norisring plagued by incidents and interruptions, as Dennis Olsen made it a 1-2 for the Weissach marque.

DTM Norisring: Kelvin van der Linde beats Preining to pole

Kelvin van der Linde became the seventh different polesitter in as many DTM races this year, as the Abt Audi driver topped Group B in split qualifying at the Norisring.

The DTM’s Raikkonen turning heads with Mercedes

He’s invariably billed as the DTM’s quiet man, who has a Kimi Raikkonen-esque aversion to the cameras. But Luca Stolz has been earning plaudits that are becoming impossible to ignore, and that will only increase the level of interest in his performances

Gotz wants to start DTM title defence "from scratch" at Norisring

Defending DTM champion Maximilian Gotz says he wants to start his 2022 season "like new, from scratch" at the Norisring this weekend as he seeks to ignite his title defence.

Lamborghini driver Perera joins GRT for Norisring DTM

Factory Lamborghini racer Franck Perera will make his DTM debut at the Norisring this weekend with the Grasser Racing team, deputising for an ill Rolf Ineichen.

DTM drivers call for changes to improve pitlane safety

Two-time DTM champion Marco Wittmann believes that the series should consider “a change in the rules” to deter unsafe releases and improve the safety of mechanics in the pits. 

Norisring DTM qualifying format tweak will avoid traffic “disaster”

DTM drivers have welcomed the decision to hold split qualifying sessions for this weekend’s Norisring round, praising the “fair option” for preventing a “disaster” dictated by traffic. 

2022 DTM Norisring: Start time, how to watch and more

Races seven and eight of the 2022 DTM season will be staged at the Norisring this weekend on 2-3 July, as the series returns to Germany's famous Nuremberg street circuit.

UK return “difficult” for DTM – Berger

DTM boss Gerhard Berger says returning to race in the UK for the first time since 2019 is “very difficult” to foresee in the near future.

The radical steering innovation being refined in motorsport

Steer-by-wire technology from Schaeffler-Paravan has removed the need for a steering column, and logged over a billion miles of accident-free road use. The innovation is now being fine-tuned in competition in the DTM, where all involved are confident that the technology has the potential to change car design forever

Cassidy: "Big desire" to have closer ties with Ferrari

Nick Cassidy says "there’s a big desire" to continue building his relationship with Ferrari, as the Italian marque gears up for its Le Mans Hypercar programme in 2023.

DTM wants manufacturers from UK, USA, Japan – Berger

DTM boss Gerhard Berger wants to continue to grow the pool of manufacturers represented in the championship, and is targeting new marques from the UK, United States and Japan. 

DTM Electric targets 2024 start date, operational prototype in 2023

DTM Electric organiser ITR is targeting a 2024 start date for its new series, according to director of competition and technology Michael Resl.

Berger: "Too early" to discuss DTM returning to popular Imola

DTM drivers and teams welcomed the prospect of returning to Imola after the championship’s maiden visit last weekend, but series boss Gerhard Berger says it’s still “too early” to decide.

Glock: Slow pitstop, "complete idiot" Grenier ruined DTM return

Factory BMW driver Timo Glock was forced to lament a lap 1 incident and a slow pitstop after returning empty handed from his DTM comeback at Imola.

Auer: Restart, not BoP tweak, key in Mercedes' Imola DTM turnaround

Lucas Auer says his restart in the DTM’s second Imola race was more responsible for earning Mercedes’ best result of the weekend in fourth than its improved Balance of Performance.  

How a “weird 20-position overtake” yielded a landmark DTM podium

Dev Gore became the first American podium-finisher in the DTM's history at Imola on Sunday, despite making two pitstops, after “a weird 20-position overtake” helped him to claim second.

Imola DTM winner Feller: Rast on-boards helped earn crucial pole

First-time DTM race-winner Ricardo Feller says his "really on-the-edge" Imola pole lap that put him in position to take victory in Italy was down to watching on-boards of Rene Rast.

DTM Imola: Feller delivers maiden win after frantic restart

Ricardo Feller earned his first DTM victory at Imola after a frantic safety car restart that allowed him to atone for a lap one error.

DTM Imola: Rookie Feller snares maiden pole in Abt Audi

Ricardo Feller took his first DTM pole position in a frenetic qualifying session at Imola on Sunday as the Abt Audi driver pipped Felipe Fraga's Red Bull Ferrari by 0.152s.

Sheldon van der Linde "maximised" Imola DTM result with 25kg ballast

DTM championship leader Sheldon van der Linde says "we maximised the day" by securing eighth place with 25kg of success ballast in the first Imola race on Saturday.

Bortolotti explains "crucial" tyre-saving strategy that aided Imola podium charge

Mirko Bortolotti says managing his tyres in the early stages of the DTM's Imola opener was "crucial" in his recovery from 16th on the grid to finish third on Saturday.

Rast "proven wrong" by "unexpected" win in DTM comeback year

Rene Rast says that he "got proven wrong" by taking his first DTM victory of 2022 at Imola, having doubted that he'd be capable of winning races on his comeback.

DTM Imola: Rast dominates to take first comeback win

Rene Rast took a commanding first win of his DTM comeback at Imola over fellow Audi driver Nico Muller after a controlled drive in searing heat.

DTM Imola: Rast takes first pole of his comeback over Muller

Rene Rast became the fifth different polesitter from as many DTM races in 2022 as he snatched top spot with a late effort for the championship's first race at Imola.

Glock: DTM return at Imola will be a “new experience”

Timo Glock says his DTM return at Imola this weekend will be a “new experience” as he adapts to running BMW’s M4 on Michelin rubber in his team’s series debut.

Red Bull announces Cassidy's replacement for Norisring DTM

Red Bull has announced that Turkish racer Ayhancan Guven will substitute for team regular Nick Cassidy in the fourth round of the 2022 DTM season at the Norisring next month.

Lamborghini DTM squad pulls out of Imola round

Lamborghini DTM squad T3 Motorsport will miss this weekend's Imola round, it has been confirmed by series organiser ITR.

Kelvin van der Linde confident Lausitzring DTM struggles are resolved

DTM race-winner Kelvin van der Linde says he understands the problems that blighted his Lausitzring weekend and believes his Nurburgring 24 Hours victory was "perfect to get my confidence back".

2022 DTM Imola: Start time, how to watch and more

Rounds five and six of the 2022 DTM season will be staged at Imola this weekend on 18-19 June, as the series visits the Italian track for the first time.

DTM Imola - The spectacle goes into the next round

Race track and series have a long tradition - now they are coming together for the first time. From 17-19 June, the third DTM round of the season will take place in Imola.

Marciello: DTM move 'won't be a step forward for my career'

Factory Mercedes GT driver Raffaele Marciello believes a DTM switch will not be a “step forward” for his career, but remains open to racing in the category one day.

Ex-F1 driver Timo Glock to make DTM return at Imola

Former Formula 1 driver Timo Glock will rejoin the DTM field at Imola this month as part of a wildcard entry from Ceccato Racing.

The longest-serving Red Bull driver revealing F1’s true brutality

His day of days in Formula 1 came at Indianapolis in 2005, a day grand prix racing strives to forget. But Patrick Friesacher, the long-serving Red Bull lieutenant, remains active today driving a two-seater that provides ordinary people with a glimpse of an F1 car’s savage potential, including this writer...

What the DTM’s scariest corner meant for Lausitzring lap times

When the DTM adopted the Lausitzring’s banked Turn 1 as part of its layout for the 2021 season, it meant a whole new challenge for drivers and teams.

Cassidy “really pleased” by pace on DTM return at Lausitzring

Nick Cassidy says he is “really pleased” by the potential he showed on his first DTM appearance of 2022 at the Lausitzring last weekend, despite only scoring two points.

The Lamborghini talisman leading his troops to DTM success

Since signing his first factory contract with the marque in 2015, Mirko Bortolotti has become Lamborghini's Mr Dependable. And after a short spell at Audi in 2020, the Italian is back with his long-time collaborators at the Grasser Racing Team and has made a strong start to life in the DTM

Schubert “found good steps” for Lausitz DTM double – van der Linde

DTM championship leader Sheldon van der Linde says that Schubert Motorsport "found some very good steps” on its new BMW M4 GT3 that allowed him to take both Lausitzring victories.

Auer bemused by “massive pace” deficit in DTM Lausitzring race two

DTM race-winner Lucas Auer was puzzled by his Winward Mercedes team’s loss of pace in Sunday’s second race at the Lausitzring after qualifying on pole for the Saturday opener.

Rast explains “upside-down” set-up change behind DTM podium return

Three-time DTM champion Rene Rast said a set-up rethink gave him a “different car” for the second Lausitzring race and helped him to score the first podium of his comeback.

Tyre wear "a massive worry" for van der Linde in Lausitzring DTM win

Lausitzring DTM dominator Sheldon van der Linde says tyre wear "was a massive worry" in race two as he fended off Maro Engel to win with 25kg in success ballast.

DTM Lausitzring: Van der Linde holds off Engel for double win

Sheldon van der Linde became the first double winner of the 2022 DTM season with a controlled drive from pole at the Lausitzring to sweep the weekend after capturing race one.

DTM Lausitzring: Sheldon van der Linde takes pole after red flag

Sheldon van der Linde followed up his Saturday Lausitzring victory by taking pole for race two, following a late red flag caused by a fire for Felipe Fraga’s Ferrari.

DTM Lausitzring: Van der Linde scores first win for new BMW M4

Schubert Motorsport BMW driver Sheldon van der Linde took his first DTM victory of 2022 at the Lausitzring after passing poleman Lucas Auer at the start.

DTM Lausitzring: Auer holds off charging van der Linde for pole

Winward Mercedes driver Lucas Auer took pole position for the opening DTM race at the Lausitzring, narrowly edging Sheldon van der Linde's Schubert BMW by 0.025s.

Audi ace Muller explains the factors that helped end DTM win drought Lausitzring
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Audi ace Muller explains the factors that helped end DTM win drought

Team Rosberg DTM racer Nico Muller says he is "more comfortable" in Audi's updated R8 LMS Evo II package, which helped him end his year-long win drought in Portimao.

Lausitzring DTM round could root out Portimao "one-hit wonders" - Auer

Mercedes DTM race-winner Lucas Auer predicts that the championship’s return to the familiarity of the Lausitzring this weekend after starting off at Portimao could uncover “who was a one-hit wonder”.

2022 DTM Lausitzring: Start time, how to watch and more

Rounds three and four of the 2022 DTM season will be staged at the Lausitzring this weekend on 21-22 May, as the series returns to its German heartland.

Why Audi’s newest GT ace will be a Feller to watch in DTM

Winning the ADAC GT Masters title capped a breakout 2021 for Ricardo Feller, who joined Audi’s factory stable as a result. The new face in Abt’s all-star DTM line-up, his promising start in Portugal suggests the Swiss driver won’t be a junior partner to his storied team-mates

WRC legend Loeb was close to joining DTM with BMW 10 years ago

Rally legend Sebastien Loeb has revealed that he came “quite close” to joining the DTM with BMW a decade ago following his retirement from the World Rally Championship.

DTM responds to Porsche team's "unfair" BoP claims

DTM boss Gerhard Berger has refuted SSR Performance’s claim that Porsche wasn’t correctly balanced against the opposition during the opening round of the 2022 season at Portimao.

Loeb's performance on DTM debut "impressive", says Fraga

The speed demonstrated by rally legend Sebastien Loeb on his DTM debut was “impressive” and it proves that he is a “special” driver, says his Red Bull team-mate Felipe Fraga.

Porsche DTM team calls for "action" on BoP after Portimao struggles

SSR Performance team owner Stefan Schlund says there is "a need for action" on Porsche's Balance of Performance in the DTM after struggling in the opening rounds at Portimao.