A selection of statements from Bruno Spengler, Paul Di Resta, Gary Paffett, Ralf Schumacher, David Coulthard and Norbert Haug to the DTM-Weekend in Oschersleben.

Bruno Spengler (Mercedes-Benz Bank AMG C-Class), current leader in the DTM after seven races in the 2010 season: “The season has gone well for me so far with two wins and six podiums altogether in seven races. The Oschersleben track is challenging: short straights and frequent changes of direction make it very difficult to overtake there, which is why I want to be at the front already in qualifying.”

Paul Di Resta (AMG Mercedes C-Class), winner of the last race at Brands Hatch and second in overall standings in the DTM: “I want to take advantage of the momentum from my win at Brands Hatch and narrow Bruno’s lead at Oschersleben. Racing on a track with so many corners is very strenuous and demands full concentration and good car balance. It’s also important to watch out for the angular kerbs to avoid damaging your tyres.”

Gary Paffett (Salzgitter AMG Mercedes C-Class), first driver to win a DTM race with a year old car at Oschersleben in 2007 and currently in third place in the DTM overall standing: “Past races at Oschersleben have shown that a good start and a top racing strategy can be crucial – as with my win in 2007 after starting eighth on the grid. Bruno has a 13-point lead in the championship, but there are still 40 points to be gained. The championship is never over until the last decisive chequered flag has been waved.”

Ralf Schumacher (Laureus AMG Mercedes C-Class), at the starting line at Oschersleben in the DTM for the third time: “I would like to continue my upward trend at Oschersleben. Having a good starting position is decisive on this track, as it is almost impossible to overtake there.”

David Coulthard (Deutsche Post AMG Mercedes C-Class), driving in his eighth DTM race at Oschersleben:
“The DTM race at Oschersleben will be my first time on this racetrack. As I have heard from my teammates, having a good starting position is even more decisive than usual on this track, as it is very narrow, making it extremely difficult to overtake. I am therefore concentrating even harder on the qualifying and above all on a good start. My pace at the Brands Hatch race was good. If I can achieve both a good starting position and a good start, then hopefully things will take off.”

Norbert Haug:
“The layout of the track at Oschersleben is as different from that of the last race at Brands Hatch as two tracks can be. It is particularly important here to be able to drive over the kerbs skilfully – whoever masters that the best without damaging their tyres and underbody is in a good position. The track is quite a narrow “Mickey Mouse track”, as these are called in racing jargon, with a lot of corners following on from each other in quick succession. Oschersleben is a very challenging drive and is not exactly known for its generous overtaking opportunities. We expect to be up against very strong rivals there but we nonetheless see opportunities.”

Source: Daimler AG