DTM boss Gerhard Berger: “We are experiencing perhaps the best DTM season we have ever had!”
- High-tension ahead of the DTM weekend on 1-3 October at the Hockenheimring.
- Four racing drivers from four different brands currently have the best chances of winning the title
- Fans can enjoy the horsepower spectacle live on the grandstands and in the paddock
Hockenheim (23.09.2021). The penultimate race weekend of the 2021 DTM at the Hockenheimring in Baden-Württemberg leaves nothing to be desired in terms of excitement in the run-up. After the last race weekend in Assen, the situation in the title fight is coming to a head. Four drivers driving for four different teams and brands travel to the horsepower spectacle on the 4.5-kilometre Grand Prix circuit just outside Heidelberg, separated by only 20 points.
South African Kelvin van der Linde (25, ABT-Audi R8 LMS) lost out on the championship lead to Liam Lawson. The 19-year-old New Zealander has been on a roll lately in the Ferrari 488 of Red Bull AF Corse, scoring no less than 95 of 112 possible points in the last four races. As a result, Lawson took the lead in the standings with four rounds to go, but is only ten points ahead of two-time DTM champion Marco Wittmann (31, Fürth), who celebrated his second win of the season in the Walkenhorst-BMW M6 at Assen. Third is van der Linde, who in turn is only five points behind Wittmann and five ahead of Maximilian Götz (35, Uffenheim, Mercedes-AMG Team HRT).
Only supposedly left out of the title fight are the closest pursuers Philip Ellis (28, Switzerland) from Mercedes-AMG Team WINWARD and Alex Albon (25, Thailand) in the Ferrari 488 from Alpha Tauri AF Corse. Although 66 and 71 points respectively behind the leader Lawson seem difficult to make up, the Ferrari driver has made up no less than 64 points on van der Linde in the last races. Things can move fast in the DTM – Lucas Auer knows that, too. The 27-year-old Tyrolean from the Mercedes-AMG Team WINWARD has also brought himself back within striking distance with his first win of the season in Sunday’s race at Assen.
Gerhard Berger is also expecting a real horsepower fireworks display at Hockenheim. “We are perhaps experiencing the best DTM season we have ever had,” says the Austrian, who has won a total of ten Grands Prix for Benetton, Ferrari and McLaren in his successful Formula 1 career. “The fans are finally seeing a great diversity of brands again this season and great teams with world-class drivers who are delivering extremely exciting and tough races. “There are currently four brands fighting for the title in the championship. The first four drivers in the overall standings are only 20 points apart shortly before the season finale – the script could not have been written any better. I am convinced that the title fight will come to a head in Hockenheim. Because the circuit is a special one that promises close wheel-to-wheel duels and is also good for surprises.”
Gerhard Berger appreciates the decades of shared tradition that unites the Hockenheimring and the DTM. And what pleases the Tyrolean most is that spectators can be admitted again to the race on the first weekend in October: “We’re very happy that fans can come to the track again in Hockenheim – of course, that’s brutally good after all these months in front of empty stands and will certainly create a great atmosphere in the Motodrom. The paddock is also open again after almost two years. So the fans can look forward to the pitwalk and are finally close to their favourite drivers again. The supporting programme with the DTM Trophy, the Porsche Carrera Cup Benelux and the DTM Classic Touring Car Legends should not be missed either.”
Info for spectators
For the seventh race weekend of the 2021 DTM season, the 3G rule will apply according to the current status of the Corona regulations. A special highlight at the track: in compliance with the official requirements, the paddock will be opened to the spectators, so that the fans can finally experience their DTM up close again. Tickets are available online at tickets.dtm.com and on the DTM ticket hotline 01806-991166. Tickets can also be booked via the Hockenheimring hotline on +49 (0)6205-950 222.