Ending Race 1 of the season’s opener in 11th position was not what Bruno Spengler expected. Disappointed, he finishes outside the points but swears to do better in the second race on Sunday.

The Quebecois driver got back into the groove during Friday practice and had his first taste of the new qualifying format (20 mins long) on Saturday morning. At the wheel of his BMW M4, the 2012 DTM champion had to resign himself to a 17th place on the grid.

“At the end of the qualifying session I was obviously disappointed with the result. A small mistake at the last corner cost me one tenth, maybe 3 or 4 places. I could not go any quicker, maybe one tenth at most. “

The first race started two hours later. Bruno got a good start, trying to come out on top during the first lap melee. He made a few positions and would have been in the top 10, had he not attempted a move on Christian Vietoris’ Mercedes which cost him two places. Bruno saw the chequered flag in 11th position, just outside the points.

“The start was very good, I made a few places but I got a tap from Molina in the second corner which damaged the aerodynamics at the front right of the car and I had to drive the whole race like this. I was a bit quicker than my team mates ahead of me but I had to take risks in order to overtake and I did not want to do this to my team mates. Christian Vietoris, just ahead of me, was blocking me and I attempted to overtake him but I braked too hard and lost two places.”

“The final result is not all that great but tomorrow is another day. We will have to analyse the qualifying data as we need to find better performance. This is our challenge for Sunday’s race and for the rest of the season.”

 Ending Race 1 of the season’s opener in 11th position was not what Bruno Spengler expected. Disappointed, he finishes outside the points but swears to do better in the second race on Sunday.

The Quebecois driver got back into the groove during Friday practice and had his first taste of the new qualifying format (20 mins long) on Saturday morning. At the wheel of his BMW M4, the 2012 DTM champion had to resign himself to a 17th place on the grid.

“At the end of the qualifying session I was obviously disappointed with the result. A small mistake at the last corner cost me one tenth, maybe 3 or 4 places. I could not go any quicker, maybe one tenth at most. “

The first race started two hours later. Bruno got a good start, trying to come out on top during the first lap melee. He made a few positions and would have been in the top 10, had he not attempted a move on Christian Vietoris’ Mercedes which cost him two places. Bruno saw the chequered flag in 11th position, just outside the points.

“The start was very good, I made a few places but I got a tap from Molina in the second corner which damaged the aerodynamics at the front right of the car and I had to drive the whole race like this. I was a bit quicker than my team mates ahead of me but I had to take risks in order to overtake and I did not want to do this to my team mates. Christian Vietoris, just ahead of me, was blocking me and I attempted to overtake him but I braked too hard and lost two places.”

“The final result is not all that great but tomorrow is another day. We will have to analyse the qualifying data as we need to find better performance. This is our challenge for Sunday’s race and for the rest of the season.”

 

Bruno Spengler s’est classé 11e lors de la course 1 à Hockenheim, à l’occasion de la première manche de la nouvelle saison. Une déception pour le Canadien qui termine en dehors des points, mais qui compte bien se rattraper lors de la deuxième course, dimanche.

Après avoir pris ses marques lors des essais libres, le pilote québécois se lance dans le nouveau format de qualifications (20 mn) samedi midi. Au volant de sa BMW M4, le champion DTM 2012 doit cependant se contenter d’un lointain 17e temps à l’issue de la séance.

En qualifications, j’étais bien entendu du résultat final. J’ai fait une toute petite erreur dans le dernier virage qui m’a coûté un dixième, ça m’a peut-être coûté trois ou quatre places. Plus rapide ce n’était toutefois pas possible, un dixième peut-être…

A peine un peu plus de deux heures plus tard, le départ de la course 1 est donné. Bruno prend un bon envol et tente de s’extraire de la cohue du premier tour. Il remonte rapidement plusieurs positions pour se positionner aux portes du top 10, mais perdra deux rangs après une attaque sur la Mercedes de Christian Vietoris. Il coupera finalement la ligne d’arrivée en 11e position, tout juste en dehors des points.

Le départ était très bon, j’ai gagné quelques places mais je me suis fait taper par Molina au deuxième virage ce qui a endommagé mon aérodynamique à l’avant droit et j’ai fait toute la course comme ça. J’étais quand même un petit plus rapide que mes équipiers devant moi, mais pour doubler j’aurais dû prendre des risques et je ne voulais pas le faire avec mes équipiers. J’en ai pris un pour doubler Christian Vietoris qui me bloquait beaucoup, j’ai pris un risque, j’ai freiné trop tard et j’ai perdu deux places.

Le bilan n’est pas forcément positif mais demain est un autre jour. Il y a quelque chose à travailler, à chercher, à analyser des qualifications pour trouver de la performance, c’est notre challenge pour la course de dimanche, et pour le reste de la saison.