A selection of statements by the Mercedes-Benz DTM team before the third round of the 2010 DTM season:

Gary Paffett, DTM Champion 2005, runner-up in 2009 championship and winner of last year’s DTM race at Lausitzring: “Particularly in the first sector, the Lausitzring is characterised by fast direction changes that challenge both the driver and car. There is a particularly good overtaking opportunity at the first corner, when we have to brake down from 250 km/h to 70 km/h within a few seconds. My victory from seventh grid position last year shows that overtaking is certainly possible on the EuroSpeedway.”

Bruno Spengler, DTM Runner-Up in 2006 and 2007, leader in the overall ranking after two races in the 2010 DTM season: “This racetrack is technically very demanding thanks to the high-speed parts on the Trioval, and the comparatively slow, winding infield. The short intervals between acceleration, braking and cornering test the drivers and cars to the limits. This means a compromise between top speed and downforce for the set up.”

Ralf Schumacher, taking part at the Lausitzring for the third time: “After my modest results in the first two DTM races, I am well motivated for the race at Lausitzring. The track is the third-shortest on the race calendar with a length of 3.5 kilometres, but it holds plenty in store. Entering the pits is particularly tricky, as we exit the last bend at 220 km/h and need to brake to 80 km/h in just over two seconds. My goal is to win my first points of the season at Lausitzring.”

David Coulthard, is starting his third DTM race at the Lausitzring: “The race on the Lausitzring is a home event for my Berlin-based team Mücke Motorsport, and will be my premiere on this track. I have already heard a great deal about this course from my team colleagues, and also about the fantastic atmosphere along the roughly one-kilometre start-finishing straight in front of the main grandstand. I aim to improve significantly, and be nearer the front after the qualifying.”

Norbert Haug: “Mercedes-Benz has an almost exemplary record for DTM races at Lausitzring. We have won 8 of the 10 races staged here, the most previous one being last year’s DTM race. In contrast to the qualifying and warm-up, we were far from achieving the desired speed on the last DTM Sunday in Valencia, and everybody in the team will be working hard to deliver a better performance at the Lausitzring.”

Source: Daimler AG