In a race punctuated by crashes and Safety Car entries, the two Red Bull Alphatauri AF Corse-run Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo 2020s were forced to withdraw early at the Norisring, once again postponing their date with victory in the DTM.
On a circuit that clearly does not bring much luck for Maranello machinery, qualifying had however produced an excellent third place for Ayhancan Guven and twelfth for Felipe Fraga. The first corner, which last year had deprived Liam Lawson of any chance of becoming champion, again turned out to be a trap in Race 1 in which several drivers got caught and would eventually prove decisive for the two Ferraris. Felipe Fraga’s car, eleventh, having survived the first lap chaos which prompted the first Safety Car, was rear-ended on the right-hand side at the restart and was forced to retire. Guven’s Ferrari, meanwhile, collided with a Mercedes after the third Safety Car entrance, causing damage to his Ferrari that the mechanics were unable to repair.
The race, won by the Porsche of Austrian Thomas Preining, also saw many of the frontrunners in the standings eliminated, preventing any breakaways. Tomorrow, the start of the second and final race of the fourth round of the 2022 DTM will once again get underway at 13:30 local time.
Felipe Fraga: “It was a really bad day for us, and we are feeling very bitter. I think the restarts offered a very bad show for everyone, not only for the ones who had suffered damage. I got rear-ended in a very violent way once again. I don’t know what to say, I was fifth or sixth on the first lap and now I find myself commenting on another retirement. We have to think about the races one-by-one and aim to pick up as many points as possible.”
Ayhancan Guven: “We showed good race pace in yesterday’s free practice and in qualifying today we were able to get a very fine third place. Unfortunately, we lost positions on every restart and I was unable to defend myself. On the last restart someone hit me from the rear but I managed to continue despite the damage, although I had to stop afterwards. I am sorry for the retirement. Let’s try to learn from today’s race and come back stronger tomorrow.”