Antonio Giovinazzi will debut in DTM instead suspended Timo Scheider
Young Italian driver Antonio Giovinazzi, current leader of F3 European Championship, will replace Timo Scheider behind the wheel of Audi RS5 DTM at next DTM race at Moscow. Scheider was suspended with one event ban after ‘push him out’ incident at last race at Red Bull Ring.
To remind you, during the last lap of the previous race, Audi boss Wolfgang Ullrich asked Scheider to push rivals off the track. Scheider’s punishment is a part of extended penalties handed down by the German Motor Sports Association (DMSB). From now and until the end of the 2015 DTM season Ullrich will not be allowed to enter the pitlane and is also prohibited from having access to team radio. Audi also lost all 62 manufacturers’ championship points scored in the second race at Spielberg and will face a substantial fine of 200,000 Euros. The money will be used by DMSB to support young talents and to push safety projects.
Audi’s DTM team doesn’t have reserve driver so it was decided that replacement for Scheider will be Giovinazzi, who is backed by Volkswagen in F3 Championship. He has also some valuable experience because he has tested Audi RS5 DTM race car and raced at Moscow Raceway last year in a F3 single-seater.