Nico Müller sets the pace in Sunday’s free practice at the Red...

Nico Müller sets the pace in Sunday’s free practice at the Red Bull Ring

Nico Müller
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Audi’s Nico Müller was fastest in a damp final practice session for the DTM at the Red Bull Ring, placing his Audi on top of the times near the end of the session, almost half a second faster than Mercedes’ Edoardo Mortara.

Müller went to the top of the times with just over a minute remaining, initially with an effort of 1 minute 34.327 seconds before improving his time to 1:33.797. The times were faster than any of Saturday’s running, but continued to be almost ten seconds slower than those set in Friday’s dry running.

HWA’s Mortara was fourth quickest, having himself been quickest with just over five minutes to go and again improved near the end of the session as the track conditions got better.

Audi’s Robin Frijns, who had been fastest at the halfway stage, improved his time again to end up third quickest, ahead of Mercedes’ Gary Paffett in fourth.

Saturday podium finisher Mike Rockenfeller put his Audi in fifth, ahead of Mercedes’ Pascal Wehrlein in sixth.

Team Phoenix’s Loïc Duval was seventh, ahead of fellow Audi racer and race one winner René Rast in eighth.

The top ten was completed by Mercedes duo Paul di Resta and Lucas Auer, meaning that not a single BMW driver featured inside the top ten, the best placed Munich representative being Bruno Spengler down in 13th, over a second off the pace.

Qualifying for race two is scheduled to get underway at 10:35 CEST (09:35 BST).

Session results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 51 Nico MÜLLER Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline Audi RS5 DTM 20 1:33.797 0.000
2 48 Edoardo MORTARA SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 19 1:34.243 0.446
3 4 Robin FRIJNS Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline Audi RS5 DTM 19 1:34.325 0.528
4 2 Gary PAFFETT Mercedes-AMG Motorsport PETRONAS Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 19 1:34.396 0.599
5 99 Mike ROCKENFELLER Audi Sport Team Phoenix Audi RS5 DTM 20 1:34.417 0.620
6 94 Pascal WEHRLEIN Mercedes-AMG Motorsport PETRONAS Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 19 1:34.493 0.696
7 28 Loïc DUVAL Audi Sport Team Phoenix Audi RS5 DTM 20 1:34.506 0.709
8 33 René RAST Audi Sport Team Rosberg Audi RS5 DTM 20 1:34.526 0.729
9 3 Paul DI RESTA Mercedes-AMG Motorsport REMUS Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 19 1:34.566 0.769
10 22 Lucas AUER SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 20 1:34.571 0.774
11 23 Daniel JUNCADELLA Mercedes-AMG Motorsport REMUS Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 20 1:34.612 0.815
12 53 Jamie GREEN Audi Sport Team Rosberg Audi RS5 DTM 19 1:34.703 0.906
13 7 Bruno SPENGLER BMW Team RBM BMW M4 DTM 20 1:34.986 1.189
14 16 Timo GLOCK BMW Team RMR BMW M4 DTM 20 1:35.015 1.218
15 25 Philipp ENG BMW Team RMR BMW M4 DTM 19 1:35.230 1.433
16 11 Marco WITTMANN BMW Team RMG BMW M4 DTM 16 1:35.350 1.553
17 15 Augusto FARFUS BMW Team RMG BMW M4 DTM 18 1:35.421 1.624
18 17 Sébastien OGIER Mercedes-AMG Motorsport REMUS Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM 20 1:35.573 1.776
19 47 Joel ERIKSSON BMW Team RBM BMW M4 DTM 20 1:35.766 1.969