After 72 laps of the only 2.3 kilometers long track, he crossed the finish line with a margin of 0.670 seconds from second-placed BMW driver Tom Blomqvist. Maxime Martin, another BMW driver, ended up third.
“This can become addictive,” a buoyant Müller commented in his first interview. “Now, I want to be on the top step of the podium more often. My team laid the foundation for this victory with a perfect pit stop, many thanks to them.”
Blomqvist wasn’t too upset about the fact that he hadn’t been able to convert his maiden DTM pole position into a race win. “To be honest, we didn’t expect such a good result at the Norisring. Therefore, I am happy, even though I am only in second place.”
Behind the trio in front, the two Mercedes-AMG drivers Paul Di Resta and Lucas Auer finished fourth and fifth, with 2014 champion Marco Wittmann coming home sixth.Wittmann is now on top with 75 points from Edoardo Mortara (73 points), after eight races. The Audi driver only finished eighth in the race behind Bruno Spengler and thus lost the points’ lead he only had secured on the previous day. Di Resta is third, with the first three drivers in the standings separated only by five points.
Race 1: Victory and points’ lead for Mortara
Edoardo Mortara is the winner of the seventh race of the DTM season. After 49 laps of the Norisring in Nuremberg on Saturday, the Audi driver crossed the finish line as the winner and thus put an end to the winning streak of Mercedes-AMG that continued since 2003. Jamie Green completed the success for Audi in the brand’s home round by finishing second, 0.531 seconds down on his fellow Audi driver. Mercedes-AMG driver Paul Di Resta rounded out the Norisring podium by finishing third.
Hometown racer Marco Wittmann came home in fourth in the first race of the weekend, followed by further Spengler and Martin.
While Mortara was cheering, there was disappointment for Christian Vietoris and Robert Wickens. Vietoris, who had started from pole position, led the field until lap 20 from Wickens, but then saw his hopes of victory blown: at the Grundig hairpin, both drivers were taken out as an attempt to overtake by Mattias Ekström went wrong. While the race was over for Wickens and Ekström, Vietoris still managed to bring tenth place home.
The result promises excitement for the remainder of the DTM season, with the next round scheduled at Zandvoort in The Netherlands, 15 – 17 July. At the dune circuit, only a stone’s throw away from the North Sea Coast, the DTM will reach its halfway point with races nine and ten of the current season.