Mercedes driver Edoardo Mortara has stated that poor officiating in the DTM could “kill the championship”.
His comments follow a reprimand he received for pushing BMW’s Joel Eriksson off the track in the second round of the 2018 DTM season held at Lausitz this past weekend.
Mortara made two controversial overtakes at Turn 1 in the early laps of Sunday's second race, forcing Eriksson to the outside on both occasions.
The Merc driver made contact in the first incident and gave the place back to his BMW rival, while in the second there was no contact but he was still penalised.
"I'm massively frustrated, how can I not be frustrated with the race today?" said Mortara. "It's crazy. There wasn't any contact in the second incident.
"The first one, OK we made contact. But I still didn't leave the racing line, but I gave back the place and I'm fine with that.
"The second one, I cannot understand the decision and with decisions like this you kill the championship. It's already, like, dead to be honest.
"Unfortunately with these kind of decisions you kill a little bit the sport. Especially for me it's very frustrating.
"For Mercedes it was a good day with [first and third]. But still I think we could have had more cars in the top 10. With decisions like this, DTM will go nowhere, to be honest."
The third round of the DTM season will be held at the Hungaroring on the first weekend of June.