“Too early” to discuss DTM’s return to the famous Imola

Imola became the fifth Italian venue to host the DTM round, where the Abt Audi team won the same race at the hands of Rene Rast and Ricardo Feller.

Although there were few chances of overtaking the classic parkland track without significant wheel offset, such as the one Mirko Bortolotti used to climb from 16th to third in the first race, the introduction of the track was widely praised. on the calendar.

“Imola is an amazing circuit and I don’t think a single driver in the entire paddock is dissatisfied with racing here,” Red Bull Ferrari boss Ron Reichert told Motorsport.com.

“It’s amazing here, it’s a really cool circuit. All the ambient you create here is very different to the other circuits, so I’m happy to be here.”

When asked if he would like to see Imola return, Grasser Racing Lamborghini boss Gottfried Grasser told Motorsport.com: “Sure, 100%. Personally, it’s a very good event. I really like it, really.”

HRT Mercedes boss Uli Fritz told Motorsport.com that the passing difficulties did not diminish his team’s enjoyment of the event.

“We’ve seen that maybe the track doesn’t 100% fit into an exciting career format, because you can’t really get past it, especially if the BoP is pretty balanced,” he said.

“So for the spectators it’s not the greatest race, but the drivers want it and the teams want it.”

Ricardo Feller, Team ABT Sportsline Audi R8 LMS GT3, Arjun Maini, Mercedes-AMG Team HRT Mercedes-AMG GT3

Photo by: DTM

But when asked by Motorsport.com if he plans on Imola to become a more permanent fixture on the calendar, Berger said: “Honestly, I don’t know.

“Right now we’re just putting together our calendar for next year, and I still don’t have the facts on paper to say,‘ here we go, nothing yet ’.

“It’s a question of ‘is this a good circuit, is it important for us as a country, is it beyond possibility, is it good for TV, which calendar date do we get’ , so everyone is completely open for the moment.

“If it’s Imola or if it’s Monza or if it’s Misano, Vallelenga, I don’t know. It is too early to talk about this. ”

Berger said the ITR “needs to study more in Italy” to understand whether it would be better to deliver having a regular base in one location or moving to a different Italian track, after it visited Monza in 2021.

“We still need to understand what needs to be done,” he explains.

“When I was young, Italy was the mecca of motorsport. At the moment it is very difficult except [for] Formula 1 to get people here, but we’re going to do it. “

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Speaking at the press conference after the third, two-time DTM champion Marco Wittmann suggested that adding a guest driver to the field would attract more spectators.

In 2019, then -Ducati MotoGP rider Andrea Dovizioso rode an Audi in Misano, while last year the famous Alex Zanardi made his bow series in the same venue.

“If we go back, I think we need to work on getting more fans to the trackside,” said Wittmann, who added his support for the “super-cool” layout.

“I don’t know if we can get like a superstar in the DTM like for example Valentino Rossi, I think there the DTM needs to work because obviously you can run in front of the big crowd.”

Feller also moved to return to Imola, but suggested that shifting the start time earlier or later in the day to avoid the extreme heat would be more attractive to viewers.

“I don’t think as much is coming that maybe if we do the race sooner or later because it’s so hot,” he said.

“I understand that it’s not the best to stand there on the side of the track when it’s too hot.

“But the track definitely has something. It’s one of my favorites, especially I think the favorite in Italy, so it’s nice of DTM to come to Imola.”

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