The drama of Valencia's DTM qualifying continued into the evening yesterday after both Mercedes of David Coulthard and Renger van der Zande were deemed to have been in breach of regulations after their routine technical examination. Both cars were found to have illegal overhangs on the rear wings resulting in the wings not being mounted in the correct manner.

Stewards of the meeting did initially exclude both drivers' from qualifying, resulting in the pair being demoted to the rear of the field. However, both Team Mucke and Persson Mercedes protested the decision resulting in both drivers remaining in their allocated grid slots for the race.

Should the teams lose their appeal both driver's will face exclusion from the race.

However, prior to this, van der Zande had already incurred the wrath of the stewards after illegally using two sets of tyres during Q3, overstepping the maximum of one set.

Team Persson had outlined the fact that van der Zande didn't set a flying lap on the second set, arguing the only advantage he gained was having a new set during Q4.

As a result van der Zande only had his Q4 time deleted which moves David Coulthard up into third place dropping van der Zande to fourth albeit with both drivers still under appeal.

by Simon Evans