In addition to the changes to the pit stop regulations, which are intended to prevent a repetition of the Ferrari and AMG pit stop choreography, the DTM umbrella organization ITR has prepared for the upcoming season should there be advantages for certain vehicles at the stops again.
In the new set of rules – as planned during the season last year – the introduction of different speed limits in the pit lane was listed as an option, should this be necessary.
But this plan has now been rejected again by the Deutscher Motorsport Bund (DMSB), which has one month to review the regulations after they were submitted on January 17th. Article 23.3 must therefore be deleted for the 2022 season.
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This is surprising insofar as DTM manager Frederic Elsner had pointed out that there could still be changes, but that you work together with the DMSB and can now “assess well” “what works and what doesn’t work,” he said Austrian.
Specifically, Article 23.3 states: “The BoP can set a maximum permissible speed for each vehicle type. This maximum speed applies exclusively to driving through the pit lane during mandatory pit stops and can vary from the maximum speed according to Article 15.3 (60 km/h; d . Red.) deviate.”
So if a vehicle is faster at the stop for reasons of construction, you wanted to match that with the speed in the pit lane. According to the regulations, this deviation should have been a maximum of ten percent.
Why is the highest German motorsport authority again speaking out against the idea? “The DMSB sees this as a safety problem, since faster vehicles in the pit lane could run into vehicles whose speed limiter is set to a lower speed,” was the statement before the Assen weekend in 2021, when the ITR responded to the demands of the disadvantaged teams wanted, safety concerns.
Different speed limits planned as “another tool”.
DTM manager Elsner was well aware that there could be another rejection. “We have to see whether that will be approved or not, because we tried that last year and the DMSB did not approve it,” he said when presenting the regulations, which were first checked by the national authority and then by the FIA World Council must be approved in Bahrain in mid-March before it comes into force.
“If it’s approved, that doesn’t mean we’ll use it,” Elsner said. “It’s just supposed to be another tool to maybe – if necessary – make it even more balanced. But we have a good feeling that we can create a balance with the regulation as it stands now.”
Now one has to hope that structural differences in the cars, for example the number of threads in the wheel nuts, will not affect the speed of the pit stops again this season.
But there is also good news for the ITR: According to information from “Motorsport-Total.com”, apart from Article 23.3, there are no serious objections to the DTM regulations by the DMSB, which means that nothing stands in the way of confirmation by the FIA World Council should stand.