Sat test: Alesi's Hockenheim makeover!

AMG Mercedes continued to set the pace at Hockenheim for the 2003 DTM finale, but this time it was Jean Alesi who set the pace in the wet one-hour test session on Saturday morning

Sat test: Alesi's Hockenheim makeover!

Alesi was not backward in coming forward when it came to using the run-off areas on the revamped German Grand Prix venue. He made a mockery of track designer Hermann Tilke's constant radius bends, and converted Turn 1 into a super-quick sweeper and left the track once more for a good couple of seconds on the exit of the Mercedes Arena section on his way to a 1m49.158s lap time.

The Frenchman was half a second clear of championship aspirant Bernd Schneider's Merc CLK, but Schneider hit trouble - well, he hit the wayward Audi of rookie Peter Terting. The German youngster was having one of his random moments when Schneider arrived on the scene and clipped the Audi, causing both to spin.

Bernd needn't have worried too much about his title rival, Christijan Albers. The Dutchman continues to look off-form and was almost a second slower than Schneider, although the weather conditions look likely to cause havoc in the Super Pole later today.

Martin Tomczyk was third fastest in his Audi, ahead of the lead Opel of Peter Dumbreck, the Scot looking much more at home in the wet conditions than in the dry. Mattias Ekstrom and Timo Scheider rounded out the top six places.


Jean Alesi (F) AMG Mercedes-Benz CLK 1m49.158s
Bernd Schneider (D) AMG Mercedes-Benz CLK 1m49.694s
Martin Tomczyk (D) Audi Junior Team Abt Audi TT-R 1m50.275s
Peter Dumbreck (GB) Phoenix Opel Astra V8 Coupé, 1m50.359s
Mattias Ekstrom (S) Abt-Audi TT-R, 1m50.433s
Timo Scheider (D) Phoenix Opel Astra V8 Coupe 1m50.542s
Alain Menu (CH) Holzer Opel Astra V8 Coupé, 1m50.609s
Marcel Fassler (CH) AMG Mercedes-Benz CLK 1m51.093s
Christijan Albers (NL) AMG Mercedes-Benz CLK, 1m51.501s
Manuel Reuter (D) Holzer Opel Astra V8 Coupé, 1m51.664s

shares
comments
Testing: Bernd sets early pace
Previous article

Testing: Bernd sets early pace

Next article

Qualifying: Ekstrom is the coolest

Qualifying: Ekstrom is the coolest
The longest-serving Red Bull driver revealing F1’s true brutality Plus

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...

Formula 1
Jun 2, 2022
How the DTM has come back stronger from its Norisring nadir Plus

How the DTM has come back stronger from its Norisring nadir

OPINION: Questionable driving standards and farcical team orders meant the DTM's first season under GT3 regulations ended under a cloud. But the organisation has responded firmly by banning team orders and welcomed new manufacturers, making for an intriguing season ahead as new and returning names prepare for battle

DTM
Mar 30, 2022
The remarkable career of a 'classy' champion who rejected politics Plus

The remarkable career of a 'classy' champion who rejected politics

Over two decades as a factory driver with Audi and BMW, Martin Tomczyk earned the respect of team-mates and rivals as a hard but fair racer. After calling time on his racing career, the 2011 DTM champion sat down with Autosport to look back

GT
Mar 5, 2022
The other Hamilton conqueror seeking career revival Plus

The other Hamilton conqueror seeking career revival

On his rise through the ranks before reaching Formula 1, Lewis Hamilton was usually a cut above the rest. But he never truly asserted himself over a Mercedes-backed fellow Briton who traded single-seaters for touring cars and is now seeking new opportunities after a year largely spent on the sidelines

DTM
Dec 18, 2021
How the DTM's shambolic finale poses awkward future questions Plus

How the DTM's shambolic finale poses awkward future questions

OPINION: The scenes at the Norisring as Mercedes used blatant team orders to secure the first DTM title of the new GT3 era totally undermined the credibility of the championship. But as well as overshadowing the season, it also presents uncomfortable questions to series bosses about the direction it is headed in

DTM
Oct 12, 2021
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