The Mercedes-AMG DTM Team rounded off the 2016 DTM season with two podiums at Hockenheim on Sunday in front of 142,000 spectators (over the weekend). Christian Vietoris (BWT Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) and Paul Di Resta (Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) took second and third place respectively in this home fixture for Mercedes-AMG.
After Zandvoort, this was the second podium finish of the season for Vietoris. Di Resta secured a podium for the fourth time this year. He won the second race of the season opener at Hockenheim. Five different Mercedes-AMG DTM drivers finished on the podium this year, three of them as winners.
Robert Wickens also finished in the points in the season finale by placing ninth. The Canadian achieved five podium places during his fifth DTM season, including wins at Zandvoort and in Moscow.
Gary Paffett lined up in P2 on the grid and was second initially behind BMW driver Antonio Felix da Costa. After challenging hard for the lead, Paffett made contact with Felix da Costa in one of the scraps and was given a drive-through penalty. He subsequently dropped back to the rear of the field. After achieving podiums in Zandvoort and Moscow, he finished his 14th DTM season in P15 at Hockenheim.
Austrian driver Lucas Auer (BWT Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) crossed the line directly behind Paffett in 16th place to end his second DTM season. During the year, he achieved two pole positions and two podium places, including his maiden win in the DTM at the Lausitzring.
Maximilian Götz (Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) took the chequered flag in P19 in the last race of the season. DTM newcomer Felix Rosenqvist (FREEMEN’S WORLD Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) retired with just eight minutes to go before the end of the race but was nevertheless ranked 21st. Shortly afterwards, Daniel Juncadella (Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) also had to park up his car before the finish, because it was too badly damaged. The Spanish driver placed 20th in view of the distance covered.
Christian Vietoris: “Great race, great end to the year. It’s nice to finish the year on a high after a tough season full of ups and downs. The points lost at the Lausitzring, at the Norisring and in Zandvoort really hurt, for sure. Whilst you wouldn’t think so from looking at the standings, this has been my best DTM season this year, so that gives us a solid foundation on which to fight for the title next year.”
Paul Di Resta: “Today was a very productive day. Qualifying was very difficult due to the traffic, but the team gave me a good car. Thanks a lot for this. We’ve had our high points this year, but unfortunately we’ ve also suffered some bitter setbacks. All the same, it’s a nice feeling to be going into the winter break after securing a podium. We know that we have a long to-do list, but I’m part of the Mercedes-AMG family and it is important that we know what our objectives are and what we can achieve in the future. For the moment, I’m looking forward to the celebrations tonight, but the work for the new season will begin tomorrow morning.”
Source: Mercedes-AMG DTM