DTM qualifying runs 'a tall order' in testing - George Russell

McLaren Autosport BRDC Award winner George Russell says the importance of qualifying well in the DTM was obvious from the start of his first full test of the series' machinery

DTM qualifying runs 'a tall order' in testing - George Russell

Formula 3 driver Russell was one of four young drivers running with BMW at Jerez in the traditional post-season rookie test, joined by Alexander Sims, Jesse Krohn and Louis Deletraz.

Having previously sampled a Mercedes DTM car at Silverstone as part of the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award process, Russell's programme included a series of qualifying runs.

In one of the series' format changes for 2015, qualifying became an all-in 20-minute session for each race, with 14 different drivers taking pole across the 18 races.

"I did quite a lot of qualifying sims, because obviously if you want to win races in the DTM you have to qualify at the front," Russell told Autosport.

"It was the first time I've really driven with a tyre where the time is on lap one.

"I think that is a little bit the nature of the circuit as well, but you have to go out there and 'bang'.

"It was a tall order and a great experience."

Russell completed 112 laps across Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning, and said the BMW felt less demanding physically than Formula 3 machinery.

He travelled straight from Jerez to Barcelona for his latest F3 test with Hitech Grand Prix.

"Obviously it's got power steering, which is good on your arms, but then everything goes towards your neck," he said.

"I felt my neck a lot more than I would in an F3 car, just because you don't really have that feeling there in your arms."

DTM ON RUSSELL'S RADAR FROM YOUNG AGE

With BMW expected to retain the same eight drivers in the DTM next season, an opportunity to join the field in 2016 is not on the cards.

However, Russell said he could see himself racing in the series in the future.

"It's something I've always looked up to," he said.

"I used to watch DTM quite often and on TOCA Race Driver, I used to play DTM a lot - so since I've been a kid, DTM has been something I've loved.

"I can definitely see myself in there one day, it would be a great opportunity if I got the chance."

shares
comments
Ex-McLaren F1 racer Kevin Magnussen gets Mercedes DTM test

Previous article

Ex-McLaren F1 racer Kevin Magnussen gets Mercedes DTM test

Next article

Kevin Magnussen surprised by grip in DTM after maiden Mercedes test

Kevin Magnussen surprised by grip in DTM after maiden Mercedes test
Load comments
How Audi's new DTM star is channeling Rast to achieve his "childhood dream" Plus

How Audi's new DTM star is channeling Rast to achieve his "childhood dream"

Having learned the ropes in GT3 alongside Rene Rast, Kelvin van der Linde is in line to take up the three-time champion's baton as Audi's new DTM king. From humble origins in South Africa, it's been a remarkable journey so far for the current series leader, but he knows that the 2021 title is a long way from settled just yet

DTM
Sep 18, 2021
The number-crunching behind the new-look DTM's equalisation drive Plus

The number-crunching behind the new-look DTM's equalisation drive

Switching to GT3 regulations marked a fresh start for the DTM in 2021, but it has also drawn a line in the sand against other series using similar cars by engaging AVL Racing to develop a bespoke Balance of Performance system. Here’s how it works

DTM
Jul 23, 2021
The initial verdict on DTM's move to GT3 cars Plus

The initial verdict on DTM's move to GT3 cars

OPINION: Facing collapse last year, the DTM has shifted its philosophy from a championship for silhouette-based touring cars to GT machines not too dissimilar to those racing across multiple series worldwide. But despite some initial BoP-based teething troubles, there were some pleasant findings as the 'new DTM' got underway at Monza

DTM
Jun 22, 2021
Why Albon has his work cut out in the new-look DTM Plus

Why Albon has his work cut out in the new-look DTM

The DTM moves into its bold new GT3 era with welcome support from Red Bull, which enters two AF Corse-run Ferraris. That includes one for ex-F1 driver Alex Albon, who’s determined to make a success of his GT switch - but he knows it won't be easy...

DTM
Jun 17, 2021
The slow-burner threatening to unseat Audi's DTM king Plus

The slow-burner threatening to unseat Audi's DTM king

It's taken him a while to emerge as a consistent title challenger, but in the final year of DTM's Class One rule set, Nico Muller has smoothed the rough edges and has double champion stablemate Rene Rast working harder than ever to keep up in the title race

DTM
Oct 13, 2020
How a DTM failure became an unlikely Nurburgring conqueror Plus

How a DTM failure became an unlikely Nurburgring conqueror

Opel's fortunes in the DTM had taken a turn for the worst by 2003 - hardly the pedigree that suggested it could take on the toughest 24-hour race of them all. But that's exactly what it did

DTM
Sep 23, 2020
The season that revitalised a sleeping giant Plus

The season that revitalised a sleeping giant

On the 20th anniversary of the resumption of hostilities in the DTM, Autosport revisits a classic season that brought a staple of German motorsport back to life with a bang and set in motion the careers of some notable names

DTM
May 28, 2020
Does 2000 hold the answers to DTM's current crisis? Plus

Does 2000 hold the answers to DTM's current crisis?

It's 20 years since the DTM roared back into life at a packed Hockenheim with a back-to-basics approach as the antidote to its high-tech past. Now it's on its knees again, so is it time to recall the lessons learned in 2000?

DTM
May 28, 2020