BMW played second fiddle to Audi at the start of the 2020 DTM campaign at Spa earlier this month, failing to trouble its Ingolstadt-based rival for a top-five spot in either race.
However, it delivered a remarkable turnaround in pace at the Lausitzring last weekend, with both Sheldon van der Linde and Marco Wittmann scoring a podium each on merit after beating their Audi rivals on track.
Asked to explain what changed between Spa and Lausitzring rounds, Marquardt said: “Well, it’s obviously a different track. It’s a track that we know, even if it’s the shorter layout we know it much better [than Spa].
“I think after the test in Spa we approached [the race] very cautiously. We had seen some difficulties [at the test] and probably meant we were too cautious with the approach we took, and definitely for here we were closer to the limit straight away.
“We obviously analysed what happened in Spa and [whether] we were running to our full potential and it’s clear we did not. [We analysed] what we needed to do to get our full potential and in what areas we needed to improve the overall package. And we’ve managed both.”
Wittmann endured a nightmare weekend at Spa, scoring a single point across the two races, before bouncing back at Lausitzring to finish as BMW’s top points…