Exciting start to the first DTM race at the Norisring: Paul Di Resta (Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) finished on the podium in third place. Christian Vietoris (BWT Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) and Robert Wickens (SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) were on course for a one-two win when they were taken out in a no-fault collision.
Christian Vietoris led the race from pole position. His Mercedes-AMG DTM team-mate Robert Wickens moved up two places at the start and was behind Vietoris in second place. Towards the middle of the race, Audi driver Mattias Ekström launched an attack on the pair in the lead, shot through on the inside into the first corner, hitting first the car driven by Wickens and then the BWT Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM of Vietoris, who dropped way down the field as a result of the collision to place tenth in the end. Wickens was forced to park up and retire.
Paul Di Resta (Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) in P3 took the last place on the podium after the subsequent safety car period. This was the Scot’s 50th points-scoring finish of his DTM career.
Maximilian Götz (Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) placed eighth in his home race. Lucas Auer (BWT Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM), who took a win at the Lausitzring, finished the seventh race of the season in 13th place. Gary Paffett (EURONICS Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) was 15th, while Daniel Juncadella (Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) came home in P20. Esteban Ocon (FREE MEN’S WORLD Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) retired shortly before the end of the race.
Paul Di Resta: “Qualifying was a bit frustrating for me, because I made a mistake. I hope I can do better tomorrow, but to err is human, and we are fighting for thousandths of a second. I’ll do everything I can to get things right tomorrow. I’m pleased with a podium after the qualifying. I secured quite a few points, and we are in great shape. We’ll finish one or two places higher up the field tomorrow, hopefully.”
Maximilian Götz: “Securing points in my home race – that was my goal and I’ve achieved it. It was about time too, though. Qualifying didn’t go all that brilliantly for me. I lost a tenth of a second which costs you quite a lot of places in this tightly bunched field. I could have done better given my speed. A bit more should still be possible if I can be in the top ten on the grid tomorrow. I feel quite positive now about the second race.”
Christian Vietoris: “This is the point, surely. Everyone in our team is working really hard and doing everything we can to race and fight for wins. And then to simply lose everything we’ve earned through our hard work as a result of Ekström’s actions is not right as far as I’m concerned. A win or at least a podium would have been possible today. I’m now left with nothing. Excuses don’t help matters either.”
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Source: Mercedes-AMG DTM