DTM Proposed Shake-up: Qualifying and Testing Changes

The future of the DTM is on the horizon as proposed changes aim to shake up the current race format. With the starting grid for each race currently determined by a 20-minute shootout at 9am, fans often miss this crucial event. The proposed changes suggest a shorter qualifying at 1pm, followed immediately by the race at 1:30pm, condensing the typical three-day schedule to just two. This change is not only supported by ProSieben, the broadcaster for DTM in Germany and Austria, but also by the paddock, who believe it will significantly improve the show for spectators.

Another significant proposal is the 2024 ban on testing. Currently, DTM teams spend a substantial amount of resources on private tests on almost every track on the calendar. To address this, a potential solution includes shifting away from standard Pirelli GT3 rubber to Confidential Tyres, which are specifically designed to make it easier to catch teams illegally running them in a private test. However, such a move comes with its own set of issues, as it requires a separate Balance of Performance to be determined and significantly less data to accurately balance the relative performance of cars. Ultimately, these changes could make the DTM even more exciting and entertaining for fans and viewers.

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