Statements from the Mercedes DTM driver: Susie Stoddart, Gary Paffett, Paul di Resta, Jamie Green, Ralf Schumacher und Motorsportchef Norbert Haug for the up coming DTM race in Brands Hatch.
Gary Paffett, the best-placed Mercedes-Benz driver of the 2009 season, who is in third place in the championship chasing a lead of six points after six out of ten races: “For me, the race at Brands Hatch is the highlight of the DTM Championship every year – it’s a great feeling to drive in my home country before my home crowd and a lot of friends and relatives. This year I’m especially looking forward to the visit from my Formula 1 Vodafone McLaren Mercedes colleague and current Formula 1 World Champion, Lewis Hamilton. I’d like to reduce the gap to the top at my home race.”
Susie Stoddart, who came 11th in the last DTM race at the Nürburgring on 16 August 2009: “At the DTM race at Brands Hatch there is no weight difference between the 2008 Mercedes-Benz cars and the competitors, so those of us driving year-old cars should have a good chance again. Of course, I’d love to finish in the points before a home crowd – that would be brilliant.” < Paul Di Resta, who ended the 2008 DTM race at Brands Hatch in second place and was the highest-ranking driver there with an AMG Mercedes C-Class: “After the disappointing weekend I had at the Nürburgring, I’d now finally like to finish in a top position at Brands Hatch. I hope to be standing on the podium again on Sunday as I was last year.”
Jamie Green, currently the best-placed driver with a year-old car in the 2009 championship: “Brands Hatch should be an interesting race because all the cars are back to the equal weight limit from the start to the season at Hockenheim. All the 2008 and 2009 cars will race with their original basic weight, so we all have an equal opportunity what makes me optimistic for the race. My main focus is to be the top driver in the 2008 car and hopefully, if we do a good job with our C-Class setup, we can reach this goal.”
Ralf Schumacher, who is starting in a current AMG Mercedes C-Class for the first time at Brands Hatch: “I finished the Nürburgring race in seventh place. I want to continue this upward trend at Brands Hatch, which means I above all have to improve my performance in the qualifying. The 2009 cars from Audi and Mercedes-Benz are starting there with identical weights again – that will surely help us on the narrow track.”
Norbert Haug, Vice-President Mercedes-Benz Motorsport:
“Brands Hatch is the shortest circuit on the DTM calendar. That’s great for the spectators as they watch the field drive by 93 times, which is more often than at any other DTM track. It’s demanding for the drivers, as the shorter circuit is really what presents the challenge at Brands Hatch – you only have a chance of victory if you can fully concentrate over the entire distance and have a fast, well-balanced car. Our Formula 1 colleagues from Vodafone McLaren Mercedes will visit our team at Brands Hatch and World Champion Lewis Hamilton – who is known to be a huge DTM fan – will lead this large group of team and family members.”
Source: Daimler AG