Drivers Alex Albon (THA) and Liam Lawson (NZL) are eager to bring Red Bull AlphaTauri AF Corse to the top of the team standings at the halfway point of the 2021 DTM season at the iconic Nürburgring circuit in Germany this weekend.
Lawson, 19, and his #30 Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo 2020 with Red Bull livery is currently in second place in the driver’s standings. The DTM rookie is 21-points behind current championship leader Kelvin van der Linde (RSA) going into the seventh and eighth races of the 2021 season.
“I’m super excited,” commented Lawson. “It is the short track layout which we are going to use. I do have a few experiences so far on this track from a few years ago when I was racing F4 there. I’m sure it will be quite interesting going back on this track with our cars and the elevation change there.”
Last time out at Zolder, Lawson made an impressive comeback with third place in Sunday’s race – after being taken out of the race a day prior to record only his second non-points scoring result – that podium his fourth in six races, a stat that no other driver in the field can boast.
Albon also brought home third on Saturday in Zolder for his second podium result of the season with his #23 Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo 2020 in the colours of Red Bull’s premium fashion brand AlphaTauri.
“The Nürburgring is a track where I’ve been before, so I can use my experience a bit for the weekend,” said Albon. “It’s definitely a nice circuit I always enjoy driving on, so hopefully we can do a good job. We’ve had a few good races now and we’ll do our best to keep the momentum.”
Going into the Nürburgring, the 25-year-old from Thailand is in fifth place at the moment in the driver’s standings thanks to 54 points.
Red Bull AlphaTauri AF Corse can regain the lead in the team standings at the fourth DTM weekend as they now sit just 13-points off the top spot.
Team Manager of Red Bull AlphaTauri AF Corse Andrea Guidotti said: “At the Nürburgring we aim to fight back and close the gap to the leaders. We have a very good lineup of drivers, who are ready to take all the opportunities to fight for the podium.”
After the Lausitzring and Zolder, a restricted number of spectators are also allowed at the track at the Nürburgring with the DTM series using the sprint track which is 3.629 kilometres in length.
In contrast to the full Grand Prix track that F1 fans are familiar with, the drivers skip the Müllenbachschleife and make a right turn into Goodyear-Spange shortly after the AMG Arena.
Friday, August 20
12:25 – 13:10: Free practice 1
15:30 – 16:15: Free practice 2
Saturday, August 21
10:20 – 10:40: Qualifying for race 1
13:30 – 15:00: Race 1 (11:30pm Sun 22 August NZ time)
Sunday, August 22
10:15 – 10:35: Qualifying for race 2
13:30 – 15:00: Race 2 (11:30pm Sun 22 August NZ time)