Four drivers racing with the Mercedes-AMG DTM Team came home in the top seven in the race that marks the mid-way point of the 2015 season at Spielberg. Pascal Wehrlein (gooix Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) was second in this ninth fixture of 18 this season which has enabled him to pull out a lead of eight points on Audi driver Mattias Ekström in the DTM drivers’ standings. In addition, gooix/Original-Teile Mercedes-AMG head the team rankings with a lead of 33 points.
Wehrlein’s fellow Mercedes-Benz drivers, Paul Di Resta (Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) and Christian Vietoris (Original-Teile Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) also finished in the top four in the race by placing third and fourth respectively. British driver Gary Paffett (EURONICS Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) in seventh position rounded off a strong team result for the Mercedes-AMG DTM Team.
Daniel Juncadella (PETRONAS Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) placed eleventh in this race that marks the mid-point of the 2015 season. Maximilian Götz (Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) and Austrian driver Lucas Auer (BWT Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) booked P20 and P21 respectively. Canadian Robert Wickens (SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) did not finish.
Looking ahead to race 2: Qualifying for the second race will take place at the Red Bull Ring on Sunday at 12:40 pm (live stream at www.sportschau.de/dtm). The tenth race of the season gets under way at 15:18 pm (live on ARD, starting at 15:10 pm). The DTM Race Hub will be online for all practice sessions, qualifyings and the races themselves at www.mercedes.me/racehubdtm with fan radio, live timing data and live commentary.
Pascal Wehrlein: “That was a good race. I’m highly satisfied with the job done by my team, especially when you consider that I had to abandon Friday’s free practice session after just a few minutes because I had a problem with the car. This meant that I didn’t have a lot of time to get the setup right on my car, but we still managed to make the best of the situation. The partnership with my team is going really well, and I want to make a point of thanking everyone involved.”
Paul Di Resta: “That was a relatively lonely third place for me. I had to concentrate on doing my job, and it all worked out well. Our car is very fast here, and I’m optimistic about my choice of tyres for tomorrow. The two guys ahead pulled away from me today, but we’re in a good position for tomorrow. It’s going to be a long day, but hopefully we’ll be up near the front again. The car has been very good to drive so far this weekend. Many thanks to my team for all their hard work.”
Source: Mercedes-AMG DTM