Changes for the 2013 season

  • New compact weekend format: the Saturday programme consists of 90 minutes’ free practice in the morning, with the qualifying session then starting at 2.40pm. The race itself is still on Sunday, but the start time has been brought forward to 1.30pm.
  • The introduction of DRS (Drag Reduction System) modelled on Formula 1 and the use of two different tyre compounds are intended to generate more overtaking.
  • As before, there will be two mandatory pit stops per driver in the race, but there is no longer a regulated pit stop window.

Race weekend: The event has been compressed into a shorter weekend for the new season. The first practice session will now be held on Saturday mornings. The drivers and teams are then allowed 90 minutes to adjust the setup on their cars in preparation for qualifying. As before, qualifying is in four heats. The rules for Q4, in which the fastest four drivers contest pole position, have been changed so that they can now use a fresh set of tyres for this single-lap ‘shoot-out’. After qualifying has been decided, there is no other practice session on the DTM programme until the race itself on Sunday. The regular starting time for this in the forthcoming season will be 1.30pm. Between qualifying and the race, the teams may carry out only strictly regulated work on the cars which are subject to parc fermé control. There are a limited number of servicing tasks that may be performed under the supervision of the DMSB. Should more extensive work need to be done, it must be cleared with the stewards; this may, however, incur penalties such as a start from the pit lane.

DRS (Drag Reduction System): From the 2013 season onwards, DTM regulations permit the use of a system in the cockpit whereby a driver can flatten the rear wing of the car by 15 degrees, thereby increasing top speed on the straight by five to seven km/h. The driver is permitted to activate the system on the start/finish straight (i.e. no more than once per lap) providing that the gap to the car in front is less than two seconds. DRS may not, however, be used during either the first or last three laps of the race. It is also prohibited for three laps after any safety car deployment. Drag reduction has been an integral part of Formula 1 since 2011.

Tyres: In the 2013 season, all three DTM constructors will once again be obliged to fit tyres supplied by official DTM tyre partner Hankook. This year, however, Hankook are supplementing the previous ‘prime’ tyre with a softer rubber compound that allows for faster times over a shorter stint, shaving between one and 1.5 seconds off a lap. After the initial boost, however, lap times become significantly slower. Each driver will be allocated a set of so-called ‘option’ tyres which must be fitted for one stint of the race. Spectators can recognise the option tyre by the yellow marking on the sidewall. The drivers are free to choose which of the two tyre compounds to start the race on, but they must state their preference immediately after qualifying on Saturday and then abide by their decision.

Pit stops: As in previous years, there are two mandatory pit stops. The compulsory change of tyres may only take place after the first three and before the last three laps of the race. But apart from that, there are no longer any regulated pit stop windows.

Marshalling system: Following successful trials last year, all DTM cars in 2013 will have a marshalling system installed in the cockpit that will directly notify the driver of any and all flag signals. The marshalling system also informs the driver when DRS is permitted and automatically authorises its use.


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