The DTM’s first season underneath GT3 regulation resulted in controversial circumstances on the Norisring avenue circuit in Germany, with Crimson Bull’s Liam Lawson shedding the title by three factors to Mercedes driver Maximilian Gotz attributable to components largely outdoors his management.
First, van der Linde tried to cross him for the lead by chopping the Flip 2 hairpin at first, bending the steering arm of his Ferrari and leaving him with no likelihood to struggle again into factors.
Then, with the top of the race in sight, Mercedes blatantly requested each long-time race chief Lucas Auer and second-placed Philip Ellis to surrender their positions, permitting Gotz to come back by means of from third and declare victory – and with it snatch the drivers’ title from Lawson.
AF Corse chief Ron Riechert made his displeasure clear after Sunday’s race, saying the “higher” driver was unfairly denied the title.
“We do not need to touch upon any scenario that occurred on the observe immediately,” he instructed German broadcaster ran.de.
“It is only a shame for the game what occurred on the observe once more immediately.
“We may have all fought it out truthful and sq. immediately and the higher one would have gained. Sadly, that wasn’t the case.”
Lawson entered the ultimate race of the season 22 factors away from Gotz after claiming three bonus factors for his fourth pole of the season, however could not add to the tally after taking a extreme hit to his Ferrari at first.
Liam Lawson, AF Corse in parc ferme
Picture by: Alexander Trienitz
The harm to his automotive was such that he was lapping 20 seconds slower than the leaders on a 1.4-mile observe and was by no means realistically able to interrupt inside the highest 10.
This raised the opportunity of the Kiwi interfering within the championship battle each time he was lapped by van der Linde and Gotz, however he continued to drive cleanly and allowed the leaders to cross him each time he was proven a blue flag.
“Liam may have achieved lots of harm immediately [but] he did not do this,” mentioned Riechert.
“That is not our normal, we do not do this. We cannot do this sooner or later both.
“I feel Liam confirmed lots of greatness immediately by rising above it.”
Rast defends van der Linde
Van der Linde’s try at passing Lawson into the tight hairpin at first drew widespread criticism, particularly after the same transfer did not yield the specified ends in Saturday’s opening race.
Nonetheless, three-time DTM champion Rene Rast defended his protege and fellow Audi driver, arguing that he had no selection however to attempt to overtake his primary championship rival at first.
“He knew he needed to take a danger,” Rast instructed ran.de.
“It would not have been sufficient if he had simply rolled to the end behind Liam as a result of he was 19 factors behind.
“After all, ultimately it regarded on TV like he was a bit too late and too aggressive once more, however I feel he was so motivated at that second to take the lead that then the incident occurred.
“For the boy it is all about every thing. That is his first 12 months within the DTM and he wished to win the championship.”