|2013 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters|
The 2013 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters was the twenty-seventh season of premier German touring car championship and also fourteenth season under the moniker of Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters since the series' resumption in 2000.
Bruno Spengler started the season as the defending drivers' champion. BMW was the defending manufacturers' champion, and BMW Team Schnitzer the defending teams' champion. Mike Rockenfeller clinched his first DTM title at the penultimate round of the season at Zandvoort, driving for Audi.
- For the first time that all-DTM cars introduced the F1-style Drag Reduction Systems (DRS) to adjust the rear wing and assist overtaking with rear wing inclination angle to 15°.
- The minimum weight of the cars has been increased from 1,100 kg (2,425 lb) to 1,110 kg (2,447 lb) to better aerodynamic reasons.
- The softer option tyre were introduced to improve spectacle and more degradable as well as pit stop window allocation tweaked.
Teams and drivers
The following manufacturers, teams and drivers competed in the 2013 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters. All teams competed with tyres supplied by Hankook.
|BMW||BMW M3 DTM||BMW Team Schnitzer||1||Bruno Spengler||All|
|BMW Team RBM||7||Augusto Farfus||All|
|BMW Team RMG||15||Martin Tomczyk||All|
|BMW Team MTEK||21||Marco Wittmann||All|
|Mercedes-Benz||DTM AMG Mercedes C-Coupé||HWA Team||3||Gary Paffett||All|
|Mücke Motorsport||17||Daniel Juncadella||All|
|Audi||Audi RS5 DTM||Team Rosberg||5||Edoardo Mortara||All|
|Abt Sportsline||11||Mattias Ekström||All|
|Phoenix Racing||19||Mike Rockenfeller||All|
|Audi Sport Team Abt||23||Timo Scheider||All|
- After competing with six cars in 2012, BMW increased its involvement in the series by expanding to eight cars. Team MTEK ran the new team for the marque.
- Mercedes-Benz initially submitted eight entries to the grid, but later scaled back their commitment to six cars after parting company with Persson Motorsport.
- David Coulthard left DTM after three seasons racing for Mercedes-Benz in order to continue his role as commentator of Formula One races for the BBC.
- Rahel Frey, who drove for Audi in 2011 and 2012, left the series and joined Audi's GT programme.
- Timo Glock left Formula One to join the DTM series, driving for BMW. Glock joined Team MTEK, BMW's fourth team.
- Jamie Green left Mercedes-Benz after eight seasons with the manufacturer to join Audi.
- Joey Hand and Andy Priaulx swapped seats, with Hand moving from Team RMG to join Team RBM, with Priaulx going in the opposite direction, moving from Team RBM to Team RMG.
- Formula 3 Euro Series front-runners Daniel Juncadella and Pascal Wehrlein joined the DTM series, driving for Mücke Motorsport.
- Having originally been announced as one of the six Mercedes drivers for the 2013 season, Ralf Schumacher announced his retirement from motor racing on 15 March 2013.
- BMW test driver Marco Wittmann was promoted to a race seat for the 2013 season, racing for Team MTEK.
- Susie Wolff ended her DTM career after seven seasons with Mercedes-Benz to focus solely on Williams F1 testing duties.
Race calendar and results
A provisional eleven-round calendar was announced on 23 October 2012, and the final schedule was published on 21 November 2012. A revised calendar was released by series organisers on 19 December 2012, with the Norisring round moved back by a week to avoid a clash with the German Grand Prix. To accommodate the change of date, the Zandvoort meeting was moved from July to September, and would become the penultimate event of the season, with the Oschersleben and second Hockenheim meetings also being held later than originally scheduled.
- Mattias Ekström was disqualified from the race after infringing parc ferme regulations. Following an appeal by Abt Sportsline to the Deutscher Motor Sport Bund, the disqualification was confirmed; however, drivers were not promoted in the race results, and as such, no driver was officially recognised as having finished in first place.
- The 2013 season saw the DTM series travel to Russia for the first time, with the inclusion of a round at the Moscow Raceway scheduled for August.
- The non-championship exhibition rounds held at the Munich Olympic Stadium in 2011 and 2012 was discontinued in 2013.
- The race at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Spain – which had been included on the DTM calendar in 2011 and 2012 – was discontinued.
- Scoring system
Points are awarded to the top ten classified finishers as follows:
Bold – Pole
- † — Driver retired, but was classified as they completed 75% of the winner's race distance.
Bold – Pole
- Elizalde, Pablo (19 September 2012). "BMW to expand to eight DTM cars from 2013". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 4 November 2012.
- "Driver/team pairings for 2013 announced". BMW Motorsport. BMW. 5 February 2013. Archived from the original on 23 October 2013. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
- "Number seven". BMW Motorsport. BMW. 1 December 2012. Archived from the original on 5 January 2013. Retrieved 2 December 2012.
- O'Leary, Jamie (25 January 2013). "BMW confirms Timo Glock for 2013 DTM season". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 30 January 2013.
- "No DTM drive for Kubica in 2013 as Mercedes signs Juncadella". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. 20 February 2013. Retrieved 20 February 2013.
- Noble, Jonathan (16 March 2013). "Ralf Schumacher retires from racing to take managerial role". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 16 March 2013.
Schumacher's place in the Mercedes squad will be taken by teenager Pascal Wehrlein, who was last year's F3 Euro Series runner-up with Mucke. Wehrlein will drive alongside Daniel Juncadella at the team.
- "World Premiere in Geneva: Audi RS 5 DTM". Audi Sport. Audi. 5 March 2013. Archived from the original on 23 October 2013. Retrieved 5 March 2013.
- "Audi: full speed ahead in motorsport too". Audi Sport. Audi. 19 December 2012. Archived from the original on 23 October 2013. Retrieved 19 December 2012.
- Elizalde, Pablo (4 February 2013). "Miguel Molina keeps Audi DTM seat". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
- "David Coulthard to bow out at DTM season finale in Hockenheim". Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters. ITR e.V. 18 October 2012. Archived from the original on 23 October 2012. Retrieved 4 November 2012.
The former Formula 1 driver is ending his DTM career after three seasons and 33 races in order to concentrate more on his role as a Formula 1 expert and commentator for the BBC
- O'Leary, Jamie (6 February 2012). "Marco Wittmann joins BMW as DTM reserve and GT race driver". Autosport.com. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 2 December 2012.
- O'Leary, Jamie (19 October 2012). "Susie Wolff to leave DTM after 2012". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 4 November 2012.
- "2013 DTM calendar – Debut appearance in Moscow". Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters. ITR e.V. 23 October 2012. Archived from the original on 25 October 2012. Retrieved 4 November 2012.
- "Compact season comprising 10 races held in a two-week rhythm". Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters. ITR e.V. 21 November 2012. Archived from the original on 28 November 2012. Retrieved 22 November 2012.
- "The 2013 calendar: Norisring rescheduled – fans can attend both DTM and F1". Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters. ITR e.V. 19 December 2012. Archived from the original on 22 December 2012. Retrieved 19 December 2012.
- "DMSB-Berufungsgericht bestätigt Ekström-Ausschluss beim DTM-Rennen auf dem Norisring" [DMSB Court of Appeal confirms Ekstrom exclusion in the DTM race at the Norisring]. DMSB.de (in German). Deutscher Motor Sport Bund. 30 July 2013. Archived from the original on 14 October 2013. Retrieved 30 July 2013.