The Mercedes-AMG DTM Team kicked off the third race weekend of the DTM season with a podium finish: Robert Wickens (SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) booked third place in the fifth race of the season at the Lausitzring. This was the Canadian’s eighth podium finish of his DTM career. Wickens is now level on points (43 points) with his Mercedes AMG DTM team-mate Paul Di Resta (Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) after five races this season. They are both only four points behind overall championship leader, Marco Wittmann (BMW).
The two Pink Panthers in the BWT Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTMs also achieved a decent result: Placing fifth and seventh respectively, Christian Vietoris and Lucas Auer achieved a points-scoring finish in the home race of their Mercedes-AMG DTM Team Mücke.
The Scot Paul Di Resta finished the race in 13th place ahead of fellow Mercedes-AMG DTM driver Gary Paffett (EURONICS Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM). Maximilian Götz (Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) took the chequered flag in 16th place. Daniel Juncadella (UBFS invest Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) finished the fifth race of the season in P18, while DTM rookie Esteban Ocon (FREE MEN’S WORLD Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) was 23rd.
Robert Wickens: “That was a nice race. I made a good start and moved up into third place. I then chased the two Audis, but unfortunately, it didn’t work out. However, third place is a good result and good too towards the championship. We earned this podium today. The track reminds me a little of those in North America. There are a lot of bumps, which requires a completely different driving style. We are strong here, but Audi were a little bit better today. We’ll get another chance tomorrow when I would like to secure as many points as possible again.”
Source: Mercedes-AMG DTM