Another horror weekend for Kiwi driver Liam Lawson, in the DTM Series, sees him slip from second to fifth overall on the points table. Having finished outside of the points in the first race on Saturday at the Nurburgring in Germany, Lawson qualified 11th for Sunday’s race which ended in a retirement and no points for the 19-year-old. Now, having not scored points in three of the last four races, he finds himself fifth overall at the halfway point of the season.
Team mate Alex Albon scored his maiden victory, the second win for Ferrari in history of the series. In an action-packed race, the Thai driver, who had started from pole position, stayed away from all the incidents and won in dominant fashion.
Red Bull’s replacement Formula 1 driver is the sixth winner from eight DTM races held so far this season. In dry, good weather conditions, Spaniard Daniel Juncadella with the Mercedes-AMG of the GruppeM team and two-time DTM champion Marco Wittmann with the Walkenhorst Motorsport BMW rounded out the podium.
Having already pitted for a left-rear puncture early in Sunday’s race, Lawson triggered the next incident, making an optimistic manoeuvre in the chicane, but to no avail. As a result, none other but the two ABT Audis of Kelvin van der Linde and Mike Rockenfeller retired, Lawson incurred a drive-through penalty. Having arrived as runner-up in the points’ standings, 19-year-old Red Bull junior driver Lawson left the Nürburgring empty-handed.
After eight of 16 races, Kelvin van der Linde of the ABT Sportsline Audi team is the unofficial ‘half-time champion’ of the 2021 DTM, although, on Sunday, the South African failed to score points for the first time this year after a collision with Liam Lawson and Mike Rockenfeller in the chicane. With 129 points, Kelvin van der Linde is starting the second half of the season as the leader in the drivers’ standings. His margin over Maximilian Götz (96) decreased to 33 points. Third in the standings is now Wittmann (94), Albon (82) has moved up to fourth place.
Overall Points (Top 5)
1/ Kelvin van der Linde 129
2/ Maximilian Gotz 96
3/ Marco Wittmann 94
4/ Alex Albon 82
5/ Liam Lawson 80