A Sunday to say the least flawless and memorable for Alexander Albon, fresh winner of the Race-2 on the route of Nurburgring, seat of the sixth round of the championship DTM. The AlphaTauri AF Corse driver has in fact obtained the first success personal in this category and, in general, in a series with covered wheels, returning to the top step of the podium that has been missing since 2018 (the year in which he took his last success in Formula 2). The Thai also gifted the Ferrari the second triumph in the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters, completing a day in which, during this morning’s qualifying, he had also collected the first pole position, however, obtained in wet track conditions.
However, this afternoon’s race was anything but a breeze for Red Bull’s current third driver, despite clean, flawless handling. Returning to the pits to change tires during the 9th lap, Albon firmly regained command of the race immediately after the pit stop waltz and at the exit of the Safety Car, without losing the leadership until the checkered flag. In fact, during Race-2 there were numerous contacts and accidents, so much so that the safety car was forced to enter the track for a total of two occasions. No less than 14 cars did not cross the finish line, including that of the leader of the world championship standings Kelvin van der Linde; the South African of the Team ABT Sportsline (Audi) team was in fact stuck in the center of the group on lap 19, suffering the collision of Liam Lawson’s Ferrari and therefore having to raise the white flag for the damage suffered together with Mike Rockenfeller, also a victim of the carom.
The performance of Daniel Juncadella, with the Spaniard finishing 2nd at the wheel of his Mercedes GruppeM behind an Albon today in a state of grace, also perfect in managing strategy. The Iberian driver also managed to contain the threat from BMW Marco Wittmann, which could not help but settle for 3rd place. Down from the podium the other Mercedes of Maximilian Gotz, who, despite a lackluster weekend, still closed the test in 4th place, reducing the gap in the drivers’ standings from van der Linde.
The latter can still enjoy an advantage of 33 points from the German rival, also thanks to the victory obtained in Race-1 yesterday, when the Audi driver managed the pole position advantage in the best possible way and finished ahead of everyone. Thanks to this performance, the South African is getting closer and closer to winning the title. At the same time, the recent winner of the last heat did not particularly shine either in qualifying or in the race; starting from 9th position on the grid, the Thai had to finish his test prematurely, first of all due to a spin after a contact with the Indian Arjun Maini, only to give up later due to technical problems. However, the Ferrari driver redeemed himself today, with a victory that now places him in 4th place in the championship with 82 total points.