UPDATE: Several hours after the checkered flag was waved at the Hungaroring, Lucas Auer, Edoardo Mortara and Bruno Spengler were disqualified and excluded from the classification by the stewards. During the DTM-race on Sunday, all three drivers had caused accidents in the pit lane. In the new race result, the subsequent drivers move up.
In their decisions, the stewards refer to the sporting regulations and identified the accidents as an infringement of article 30.9: “The driver must reduce speed as soon as he joins the deceleration zone so that he can stop his car at the pits without endangering other participants or the marshals.”
Moreover, Mortara and Spengler were given ten-position grid penalty for the next race they participate in, suspended on probation for two race weekends. Both drivers were prepared for the extremely slippery conditions in the pit lane by their teams via the radio. Additionally, yellow flags were displayed in the pit lane following Auer’s initial accident.
BMW driver Marco Wittmann won the sixth race of the DTM season at the Hungaroring on Sunday, the German claiming victory from his two fellow BMW drivers Timo Glock and Philipp Eng. Audi driver Mike Rockenfeller finished fourth ahead of the best-placed Mercedes-AMG driver Paul Di Resta.
The BMW drivers benefited from an interruption of the race that was necessary after accidents in the pit lane. On Lap 4, heavy rain set in and, on the wet concrete surface in front of the pit boxes, drivers started sliding as they stopped. On the wet concrete surface in front of the pit boxes, the cars of Lucas Auer, Edoardo Mortara and Bruno Spengler started sliding. In the process, people working in the pit lane incurred injuries. A Hungarian marshal was flown to hospital with severe leg injuries, while two firemen also underwent treatment. Three Mercedes-AMG mechanics had minor injuries. None of the persons were in critical condition.On lap eight, the race had to be interrupted with the red flags. After a safety car intervention, action continued with 28 minutes plus one lap remaining. The BMW drivers were promoted to the front because of the interruption.
“It was difficult to see where we actually were,” related Wittmann. “Prior to the restart, my engineer then informed me about the fact that the cars in front of me, apart from Philipp Eng, hadn’t yet made their pit stop. And then I knew that I was in a good position. Therefore, my aim was to make it through cleanly and not to make any mistakes.
“After the rain arrived, it was always going to be chaos. Nobody had expected the rain to set in that early. We had hoped for it and at the end, everything played in our favour. Today, we got it right,”
“After what happened today, the sporting action is of secondary importance,” said Gerhard Berger, chairman of the DTM organization ITR. “I wish the injured assistants and mechanics a speedy recovery.”
In the DTM drivers’ standings after six of 20 races, Glock has claimed back the lead. The BMW driver has 90 points and is 11 points ahead of Gary Paffett (79). Paul Di Resta (67) and Lucas Auer (57) are in third and fourth place respectively. With 25 points for his victory, Wittmann has increased his points’ tally to a total of 51 and is currently fifth.
The next stop for the DTM drivers is the Norisring on June 22-24.