Lawson was the favorite for the 2021 drivers’ title heading into the ultimate race of the season on the Norisring on Sunday, and strengthened his probabilities of lifting the trophy by taking pole place in his AF Corse Ferrari.
However the 19-year-old was hit by an opportunistic van der Linde at Flip 2 on the opening lap, struggling extreme suspension harm to his automobile within the course of.
This was the second race in a row the place the 2 championship protagonists got here to blows on the hairpin, after van der Linde tried an identical transfer in Saturday’s opening encounter – though at that event it was the Audi driver that got here off worse.
With Lawson tumbling to the rear of the pack in his broken Ferrari, Maximilian Gotz was in a position to overturn a 19-point deficit to grab the title from the Kiwi – taking advantage of Mercedes’ controversial call to employ team orders late in the race.
Talking after his title defeat, Lawson did not mince phrases whereas describing his first-lap conflict with van der Linde, saying the Abt Sportsline driver ought to have discovered from his actions after Race 1.
“It is precisely the identical as Saturday,” mentioned Lawson of the incident. “I actually thought the man would be taught. After what he did yesterday to do the very same factor.
“Clearly, it ruined out race from there, so fairly gutted. I am simply disenchanted for the entire staff, they actually deserved this Lawson hits out at “fool” van der Linde after shedding DTM title, they labored so arduous this yr.
“Each weekend I’ve given absolutely the most, I actually wished to repay them with the title. We had been proper there with pole place, the automobile was actually good and I had one other good begin. However typically you simply cannot forestall the identical idiots from doing the identical factor.”
He added: “I’m after all very disenchanted. I’m immensely sorry for my entire staff. They deserved that. While you get pushed off by the identical man over and over. That is truthfully the dirtiest man I’ve ever raced in opposition to. He by no means appears to be taught.
“To not make by way of Flip 1 cleanly on each days, to get taken out by the identical drivers each days could be very very irritating and I might have thought the man would be taught however possibly he by no means learns.”
Begin motion, Nick Cassidy, AF Corse Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo, Liam Lawson, AF Corse Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo, Kelvin van der Linde, Abt Sportsline Audi R8 LMS GT3
Picture by: Alexander Trienitz
Van der Linde himself completed outdoors of the factors after selecting up a puncture in a battle with Gotz for third place, ending his maiden season third within the standings.
The South African defended his begin incident with Lawson in Sunday’s race, saying he had a tough time slowing down the automobile to make it by way of the nook.
“I will say braking in Flip 1 is all the time troublesome,” van der Linde advised German broadcaster ran.de. “I used to be shocked there, to be trustworthy. The brake wasn’t actually there for my part. Then I needed to take evasive motion. I did not wish to drive into his automobile, that wasn’t my job. Then we had contact in Flip 1.”
Van der Linde was hit with a five-second penalty for chopping the nook simply previous to his conflict with Lawson.