DTM » Audi withdraw all cars mid-race.

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Theo - Unregistered

September 23, 2007 4:35 PM

It is such a shame to see another bad day for motorsport....and as usual mercedes is right in the middle of it. What a dirty player....mercedes should be banned from all motorsport events for at least a year. Disgraceful car manufacturer.

MS - Unregistered

September 23, 2007 5:44 PM

This has nothing to do with the F1 Spygate saga. The only similarity between Vodafone McLaren Mercedes and DTM's Mercedes team is that they both have Mercedes' engines.

Johnny - Unregistered

September 23, 2007 6:17 PM

I can see Audi's point and if the Mercedes drivers deliberately leaned on the Audi drivers to help Spengler (although I very much doubt it was suggested by Mercedes themselves, more of the drivers own free will to held one of their own), then it is a bit much. Then again, it does make for some intresting racing if everything isn't run so much by team orders and I don't think Audi really achieved too much by withdrawing Rockenfeller and Luhr et al, who were otherwise having great races.

Matt - Unregistered

September 23, 2007 8:05 PM

Audi drivers are not completele innocents. How many times has Abt smashed up Jamie Green alone? How many times have drivers run to nearly the end of the race without stopping just to block faste Mercedes cars?

There was carnage at Barcelona last year and there is often chaos in DTM races. Why is it now that Audi are so concerned?

Vickie - Unregistered

September 23, 2007 8:42 PM

Theo. do you actually follow DTM? Did you SEE the race at Zandvoort when the Audi's bullied Bruno Spengler off the track? Obviously not. Get your facts right before you comment. Mercedes did nothing more (in fact they did less) than Audi do. Audi were childish and petty today, it spolied the race, but it did not take anything away from the amazing race Jamie Green raced.

Audi are pathetic and need to grow up.

Ian K - Unregistered

September 24, 2007 8:55 AM

Theo, i wonder if you actually watched the race, i've seen much worse driving in WTCC & BTCC.
The race stewards did not consider the majority of moves illegal, & in fact gave drive-through penaltieswhen there was an infraction.

The Motors Tv Comentator summedup Audi's action in this statement:

"Audi have spat out the dummy"
The fIA should charge Audi with bringing the sport into disrepute, as they did with the F1 teams in America 2yrs ago

Iain Langmaid - Unregistered

September 24, 2007 11:16 PM

I watched the whole race on MotorsTV live. To be honest with I felt Mercedes in Barcelona at times raced very hard but fair but may have overstepped the line at times with La Rosa taking out Ekstrom and Hakkinen barging Tomzcyk off the track at Turn 1. La Rosa is a rookie so I might left him off with that but Hakkinen with the amount of experience he has in motor racing including two Formula 1 World Titles should have known better in my opinion. As for Rockenfeller and Spengler. I think Spengler just went for the move and it was a pure racing incident in my opinion similar to what we see week in and week out in the British Touring Car Championship.

Iain Langmaid - Unregistered

September 24, 2007 11:20 PM

So I just feel that Audi have been a bit childish and I think that they may have potentially damaged BOTH Tomzyck and Ekstrom;s chances in winning the title this year as it has given Spengler more than a very good sniff in taking the title. But all credit to Jamie Green and Paul Di Resta in putting two good performances at Barcelona. it is a terribel shame that their successes have been tainted by politics.

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