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Wehrlein misses DTM’s wheel-to-wheel racing in F1

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Manor driver Pascal Wehrlein misses the wheel-to-wheel racing that he enjoyed in the DTM before his move into Formula 1 at the beginning of the season.

Wehrlein spent three years in the DTM, German’s premier touring car series, with Mercedes, becoming its youngest ever champion in 2015 at the age of 21.

The title victory was enough to secure Wehrlein a drive with Manor for the 2016 F1 season, with whom he has impressed in the first four races of the season.

However, Wehrlein misses the wheel-to-wheel element of DTM which he believes is not possible in F1.

“The fights in the DTM are really cool, proper wheel-to-wheel action with contacts,” Wehrlein said.

“You can’t do that in Formula 1. The scraps [in the DTM] were lots of good fun, really great.”

Wehrlein’s footsteps are being followed by fellow Mercedes junior Esteban Ocon, who is racing for the marque in the DTM this year while also working on-loan as Renault’s third driver.

The German said that it will take time for Ocon to get used to driving the DTM car and fine tuning his setup, but had no doubt that he will find the switch to be no problem.

“This year, he’s in a similar situation to the one I found myself in when I joined the DTM,” Wehrlein said.

“You first have to get used to series and to the car, but there are no major problems in making the switch.

“We can all drive a racing car quickly. What makes the difference in the DTM is finding the last tenth of a second, that’s tricky. You also need experience with set-up.

“As regards to drivers, the DTM is in no way inferior to Formula 1. The top drivers in both are extremely fast and very hard to beat. Every one of them is a specialist in his field.”

IndyCar entry lists for Harvest GP at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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There are 25 drivers on the NTT IndyCar Series entry lists at Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course with a few new yet familiar faces for the Oct. 2-3 race weekend.

Four-time champion Sebastien Bourdais will make his season debut in the No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet (shifting Dalton Kellett to the No. 41) with AJ Foyt Racing, which he is joining full time next season. James Hinchcliffe, who had run three races with Andretti Autosport, will return in place of Zach Veach in the No. 26 Dallara-Honda. Helio Castroneves will drive Arrow McLaren SP’s No. 7 Dallara-Chevy for Oliver Askew, who is out with concussion-like symptoms.

Sage Karam, who has two IndyCar starts this year at IMS (the road course on July 4 and the Indy 500 on Aug. 23), also will return to the series in Dreyer & Reinbold’s No. 24 Dallara-Chevrolet.

HARVEST GP ENTRY LISTS: Friday l Saturday

Friday and Saturday of the Harvest GP presented by GMR will mark the second and third races this season on Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. While the July 4 race on the circuit was 80 laps, Friday’s distance is 85 laps, and Saturday will be a 75-lap event.

Championship leader Scott Dixon led 26 of 80 laps to win the July 4 race at the IMS road course. With three races remaining in the series, the five-time series champion enters with a 72-point lead on Josef Newgarden.

Click here to see who’s on the IndyCar entry lists in Race 1 and in Race 2 for the Harvest GP presented by GMR at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.


START TIMES AND TV INFO FOR INDYCAR AT INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY ROAD COURSE (all times ET):

Thursday

IndyCar NTT Series practice: 2:25-3:40 p.m., NBC Sports Gold

IndyCar qualifying, Race 1: 6:20 p.m. (two groups/12 minutes apiece), NBC Sports Gold

Friday

—IndyCar Harvest Grand Prix, Race 1: 3:30 p.m. (green flag, 5 p.m.), USA Network, NBC Sports Gold

Saturday

—IndyCar qualifying: 10:20 a.m. (two groups/12 minutes apiece), NBC Sports Gold

—IndyCar Harvest Grand Prix, Race 2: 2:30 p.m (green flag, 2:31 p.m.)., NBC, NBC Sports Gold