2018 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters
|2018 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters|
|DTM Support series:|
FIA European Formula 3
The 2018 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters is the 19th season of the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters, since the series' resumption in 2000. 2018 would be the final season for the current 4.0 litre V8 naturally-aspirated engine package that debuted in the inaugural reborn season; as the brand new engine package has been introduced for the following season as part of the Class One prospect with Japanese Super GT GT500 cars. 2018 also marks the final season for Mercedes-AMG in DTM due to Mercedes-AMG switching focus to FIA Formula E from 2019-20 season and thus ending its 19 year participation.
Gary Paffett won his second title at the final round of the season with a third place finish, beating previous champion René Rast by four points despite a late charge to six consecutive wins by Rast, a new series record. Paffett became the second non-German driver to have won more than one DTM driver title, and thus repeating Swedish driver Mattias Ekström's feat in 2004 and 2007 seasons.
Mercedes-AMG won the manufacturer's championship for the first time since 2010.
- Aerodynamic downforce aids, such as side winglets and side fences, has been enforced to all cars, in order to improve competition. As a result, the minimum weight of all cars has been reduced from 2,480 lb (1,125 kg) to 2,458 lb (1,115 kg).
- The quantity of engine components a driver may use during the season has been increased from seven complete engines during the entire season, to a new system where each of the engine components are combined. Therefore, in 2018, each driver is permitted to use up to eight set engines.
- The additional wildcard entry is introduced for the first time ever, but ineligible for championship points even if they finish in top 10.
|Round||Circuit||Race 1||Race 2|
|1||Hockenheimring, Germany||5 May||6 May|
|2||EuroSpeedway Lausitz, Germany||19 May||20 May|
|3||Hungaroring, Hungary||2 June||3 June|
|4||Norisring, Germany||23 June||24 June|
|5||Circuit Zandvoort, Netherlands||14 July||15 July|
|6||Brands Hatch, Great Britain||11 August||12 August|
|7||Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, Italy||25 August||26 August|
|8||Nürburgring, Germany||8 September||9 September|
|9||Red Bull Ring, Austria||22 September||23 September|
|10||Hockenheimring, Germany||13 October||14 October|
- The races in Great Britain and Italy are scheduled to return to the DTM schedule for the first time since 2013 and 2010 respectively. On 6 December 2017 it was confirmed that the British round would be held at Brands Hatch, on the circuit's GP layout as opposed to the Indy layout of previous DTM races. Moscow Raceway was dropped from the 2018 schedule. For the first time, Misano will host the round in Italy, as a night-time event. The EuroSpeedway Lausitz round will revert to full road course layout after last used in 2004.
Teams and driversEdit
|Full-season entry||Additional/wildcard entry|
|* Eligible for all championship points||* Ineligible to score Drivers' championship points|
|Mercedes-Benz||Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM||Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Petronas||2||Gary Paffett||All|
|Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Remus||3||Paul di Resta||All|
|Silberpfeil Energy Mercedes-AMG Motorsport||22||Lucas Auer||All|
|Audi||Audi RS5 DTM||Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline||4||Robin Frijns||All|
|Audi Sport Team Phoenix||28||Loïc Duval||All|
|Audi Sport Team Rosberg||33||René Rast||All|
|BMW||BMW M4 DTM||BMW Team RBM||7||Bruno Spengler||All|
|BMW Team RMG||11||Marco Wittmann||All|
|BMW Team RMR||12||Alex Zanardi||7|
- Mattias Ekström left the series after eighteen years, but remains with Audi via its FIA World Rallycross Championship programme. 2017 Blancpain GT Series driver Robin Frijns will make his DTM début with Audi Sport. In addition, the two-time champion made a one-off appearance in the 2018 season opener in Hockenheim with an additional Audi RS 5 to mark his retirement from the series.
- Philipp Eng and Joel Eriksson – both members of BMW's junior team – joined BMW Team RBM, to partner Canadian Bruno Spengler. After five years with BMW Motorsport, Maxime Martin left the marque, and its DTM programme after four years to join Aston Martin Racing in the FIA World Endurance Championship for the 2018–19 season. Tom Blomqvist will also leave the series after three years, but remains with BMW Motorsport via its Formula E and GT programmes.
- After spending two years in Formula One with Manor and Sauber, Pascal Wehrlein returned to the DTM with Mercedes-AMG's HWA Team. After a one-year sabbatical, Daniel Juncadella also returned to the DTM with HWA. Robert Wickens left the series after six years to join Schmidt Peterson Motorsports in the IndyCar Series for the 2018 season. Maro Engel left the series after one season to focus solely on Formula E.
- Former Williams Formula One driver, two-time CART champion and four-time Paralympic gold medallist Alex Zanardi will make his DTM début with BMW Motorsport at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli as a guest driver.
- Five-time World Rally Champion Sébastien Ogier will make his DTM début with HWA Team as a guest driver at the Red Bull Ring.
- Scoring system
Points were awarded to the top ten classified finishers as follows:
Additionally, the top three placed drivers in qualifying also received points:
Bold – Pole
- † — Driver retired, but was classified as he completed 75% of the winner's race distance.
|1||Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Petronas||2||11||3||9||13||6||15||2||132||11||21||6||21||Ret||14||32||52||10||31||42||33||363|
|2||Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Remus||3||7||9||6||4||11||53||4||6||23||3||16||12||11||6||18||2||4||43||8||14||294|
|3||Audi Sport Team Rosberg||33||9||72||Ret||DNS||4||10||16||14||17||13||43||3||Ret3||3||11||11||1||1||1||12||278|
|4||Silberpfeil Energy Mercedes-AMG Motorsport||22||2||15||41||14||23||DSQ1||7||53||3||9||32||8||Ret||Ret||11||18†||6||Ret||Ret1||DSQ||261|
|5||BMW Team RMR||16||33||11||2||5||14||2||10||10||6||10||13||11||7||15||4||16||Ret2||7||33||10||246|
|6||BMW Team RMG||11||112||11||7||2||16||1||33||1||7||17||9||5||9||13||5||3||7||13||Ret||21||220|
|7||Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline||4||18||12||13||10||7||8||12||8||5||Ret||12||12||2||4||17||10||11||DSQ||2||5||180|
|8||BMW Team RBM||7||6||8||53||15||12||DSQ||6||4||12||13||17||14||Ret||11||23||4||Ret||14||9||6||157|
|9||Audi Sport Team Phoenix||28||10||5||Ret||13||8||9||17||18||11||15||Ret||16||4||71||8||12||Ret||15||5||12||141|
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