Tales from the paddock: Summer break? What summer break? From the DTM at Zolder to the grand finale of the 2020/21 Formula E in Berlin

Aug 11, 2021

While the F1 drivers and teams are away on their obligatory summer break, both Formula E championships will be decided on the closing weekend in Berlin

  • This is what happened: Results and facts
  • News from the Mercedes-AMG Motorsport teams
  • Social media news: What’s new online?

This is what happened: Results and facts

  • DTM: Maximilian Götz finishes Race 2 at Zolder in runner-up spot
  • British GT Championship: Yelmer Buurman and Ian Loggie win second race at Snetterton

News snippets

Berlin, here we come: The Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team’s second season in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship comes to an end next weekend (14/15 August) with a double-header in Berlin. The 2.355 km circuit laid out on the apron of the former Tempelhof airport will be driven clockwise on Saturday and anti-clockwise on Sunday. Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries have fond memories of last year’s final race of the season in the German capital, when they secured a maiden one-two victory for Mercedes-EQ in the all-electric racing series. The team goes into the final weekend as a contender for both championship titles and will be aiming to carry forward the momentum from the recent E-Prix in London. You can follow the Formula E world championship decider via the team’s social media channels on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, or find out more about how to watch all the sessions live in your part of the world by following this link.

Mercedes-AMG continues to lead the DTM manufacturers’ championship: In Sunday’s race at Circuit Zolder, Maximilian Götz (GER) claimed a fifth podium finish of the current DTM season for Mercedes-AMG Motorsport. Driving the number 4 Mercedes-AMG GT3 of Mercedes-AMG Team HRT, he mounted a furious charge from eighth on the grid to finish the race in second place. Lucas Auer (AUT) of Mercedes-AMG Team WINWARD (#22) was also on course for the podium but was ultimately classified fifth after incurring a time penalty.

Götz and Auer had already scored valuable championship points in the first race on Saturday, finishing seventh and ninth respectively. A P4 for Vincent Abril (MCO) in the #5 of Mercedes-AMG Team HRT and a P8 for Philip Ellis (SUI) in the #57 of Mercedes-AMG Team WINWARD ensured that there were no fewer than four Mercedes-AMG GT3s finishing in the Top Ten on the day. The performance and sports car brand from Affalterbach amassed a grand total of 30 points in the two rounds in Belgium and now leads the manufacturers’ standings by a 16-point margin after three of eight scheduled events.

The next two rounds of the 2021 DTM will be hosted by the Nürburgring on the weekend of 20 ‑ 22 August.

Double podium and class win in North America: The IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge race in Plymouth (USA) ended with both WINWARD Racing Mercedes-AMG GT4s in the Top Three. Alec Udell and Bryce Ward (both USA) in the number 57 car crossed the finish line in second place, followed by third-placed Indy Dontje (NED) and Russell Ward (USA) in the number 4 car.

The GT America event on the street circuit in Nashville also culminated in podium celebrations. Chris Cagnazzi (USA) at the wheel of the #39 RENNtech Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT4 took the GT4 class win in the second of the two 40-minute races. David Askew (USA) driving the number 63 Mercedes-AMG GT3 entered by DXDT Racing finished third in the Masters class.

Third win of the 2021 British GT Championship: RAM Racing delivered win number three of the season for Mercedes-AMG Motorsport in the British GT Championship at Snetterton Motor Racing Circuit. In the second race of the weekend, Yelmer Buurman (NED) and Ian Loggie (GBR) driving the number 6 Mercedes-AMG GT3 moved up to take first place shortly after the start on a rain-soaked track and held on to it through to the chequered flag.

Mercedes-AMG GT3 beats the prototypes: Team RC achieved an impressive feat in the Endurance Brasil race at Interlagos. Starting from eleventh on the grid, Ricardo Baptista and Cacá Bueno (both BRA) in the number 27 Mercedes-AMG GT3 steadily worked their way forward over the course of the four hours, eventually leaving the more powerful prototypes behind and claiming a first victory of the season for Mercedes-AMG Motorsport in the general classification of this series. Cássio H Mello and André Moraes Jr (both BRA) driving a Mercedes-AMG GT4 fielded by Autlog Racing made it four wins out of four in the GT4 class this season.

Social Media News

#SummerShutdown: Every year the F1 factories are at a standstill for 14 days during the official ‘Summer Shutdown’. Toto Wolff, James Allison and Rob Thomas explain everything you need to know about the enforced break: What is it? Why does it exist? What is allowed, and what is not?

Watch video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKFJMj0KKCA

#MidSeasonReview: Before Toto left his office to head off on his summer break, he talked about the first half of the season, his hopes and expectations for the rest of the year, his activities off the track and more...

Watch video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvpe81iKM0o

#DroneTour: No one has ever seen our home from this angle before! A very special tour of the team factory in Brackley...

Watch video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEAjw78LiQE

#MulberrySTEM: Last month we welcomed a group of students from Mulberry STEM Academy to our factory. It was a wonderful experience for all concerned. Our favourite moment? A long chat with Toto and the appearance of a surprise guest....

Watch video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7kbk1hZAqQ

#POV: A glimpse behind the scenes. These are the tasks performed our PETRONAS Trackside Fluid Engineers during a race weekend, in the garage and in the lab.

Watch video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0X7TNo-Xno

#F1RaceDebrief: There was certainly a lot to talk about after an eventful Hungarian Grand Prix! Mike Elliott answers questions from fans about the crash at the first corner, the restart, undercuts and much more besides.

Watch video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYtDdLRhj9M

Alec Udell, Bryce Ward, Indy Dontje, Russell Ward (from left), WINWARD Racing, at the podium ceremony
#56 Mercedes-AMG GT4, Murillo Racing
Chris Cagnazzi, #39 Mercedes-AMG GT4, RENNtech Motorsports
George Kurtz, #04 Mercedes-AMG GT3, DXDT Racing
#8 Mercedes-AMG GT3, Team ABBA Racing
#6 Mercedes-AMG GT3, RAM Racing
#4 Mercedes-AMG GT3, Mercedes-AMG Team HRT
Maximilian Götz, #4 Mercedes-AMG GT3, Mercedes-AMG Team HRT
Lucas Auer, Maximilian Götz and Maximilian Buhk at the podium ceremony
#4 Mercedes-AMG GT3, Mercedes-AMG Team HRT
Formula E - Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team, London E-Prix 2021. Nyck de Vries
Formula E - Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team, London E-Prix 2021. Nyck de Vries
Formula E - Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team, London E-Prix 2021. Stoffel Vandoorne
Formula E - Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team, London E-Prix 2021. Nyck de Vries
Formula E - Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team, London E-Prix 2021. Stoffel Vandoorne
Formula E - Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team, London E-Prix 2021. Nyck de Vries