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News DTM Training Spa: Habsburg destroys Audi, Kubica heavily in the rain

13:06  01 august  2020
13:06  01 august  2020 Source:   motorsport-total.com

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Robert Kubica impressed with the fourth-fastest time during a wet practice earlier on Saturday, but could qualify no higher than 14th as the track dried out in time for qualifying. Newey’s teammate Ferdinand Habsburg didn’t take part in qualifying after crashing his car in the final minutes of practice.

▶ On the third day of the DTM Young Drivers Test in Jerez, Spain we finally saw the much anticipated test drive of Robert Kubica in the BMW M4 DTM .

Ferdinand Habsburg ging bei schwierigen Bedingungen die Strecke aus © ITR Ferdinand Habsburg went the route in difficult conditions

Spectacular start of the DTM season in Spa-Francorchamps: WRT throws in the only free practice on Saturday morning Audi driver Ferdinand Habsburg removed his RS 5 on a damp road about ten minutes before the end of the 45 minutes and caused a demolition. The Austrian is too fast, which means that his car does not react to the steering movements and slides straight into the tire stack.

It is not Habsburg's first ride that uses the run-off zone in the Bruxelles curve and has to go through the gravel, but one that has serious consequences: The left front of the RS 5 in particular has been destroyed, and the cooler has obviously gotten a lot too. It will be a race against the clock for the Belgian WRT crew to get the car back on track for qualifying beginning at 10:55 a.m.

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It wasn't the only incident: Audi veteran Jamie Green had a puncture in the rear right just before the end and limped back to the pits at the end.

The result of the first scan on the seven-kilometer Ardennes course? Vice champion Nico Müller on the drying track with rain tires shortly before the checkered flag in 2: 23.272 set the best time before his Abt Audi team-mate Robin Frijns (+ 0.669). The best BMW driver is Marco Wittmann, 1.616 seconds behind.

Ex-Formula 1 driver Robert Kubica has been really strong so far, who is sometimes even in the lead and ends up burning the fourth best lap time in the asphalt in 2: 25.154. Sixth place: DTM champion Rene Rast. The DTM drivers struggled to keep the cars under control on the high-speed track, on which the traditional series had previously only been a guest in 2005. Partly spectacular drifts were the result.

The difficult conditions now ensure that the teams - apart from the manufacturer test day in July - have to go into qualifying and the race on dry roads without any experience. And there she expects - should it no longer rain as expected - an crime thriller at high temperatures of around 30 degrees . So tension is guaranteed.

Everything according to schedule: Mercedes shape looks "pretty good" .
© Motorsport Images Mercedes once again burned the fastest laps in the asphalt on Friday Once Valtteri Bottas, once Lewis Hamilton, but always a double lead: Mercedes has the Friday training for the Grand Prix of the 70th anniversary of the Formula 1 World Cup (follow here in the live ticker! ) finished as clearly the best team. The lead over the competition: seven or eight tenths of a second. And there were no problems worth mentioning.

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