There might not be many followers of German touring car championship DTM in India. But every one loves to see a nice clean overtaking move on the race track. We have seen a lot of controversial overtaking moves. Most followers of Formula 1 would remember the Multi 2-1 episode where Sebastian Vettel overtook race leader and team mate Mark Webber against team orders at the Malaysian GP.
This weekend at the Red Bull Ring in Austria there was an overtaking move that would be a perfect fit in the ‘Hall of Shame’ . Timo Scheider, a double DTM champion, literally pushed out the competition onto the gravel trap on the insistence of his team boss.
After being passed by Mercedes drivers Pascal Wehrlein and Robert Wickens on the final lap, approaching tricky turn two, he received the not-very-guarded radio message of “schieb ihn raus”. That translates as “push him out”, which he followed to the tee.
However Timo was later disqualified from the standings for the incidence.
A statement followed later from Audi, chiefly its motorsport chief Wolfgang Ullrich, who took responsibility for the radio message.
“I’m sorry that I shouted, ‘Timo push him out’ in my initial emotion at the command post. I do not communicate with the drivers by radio during the race and did not know that the radio was open. This was not an instruction for Timo by any means. I can only apologize to Mercedes for this remark.”
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