fter the preliminary win of the teams’ championship, Mercedes also takes the drivers’ title – Paul Di Resta, Bruno Spengler, Gary Paffett – one of them will win. Salzgitter/Mercedes-Benz Bank AMG take teams‘ championship.
Paul Di Resta (AMG Mercedes C-Class) won the 2010 DTM’s ninth round at Hockenheim, achieved his third win in a row and took the championship lead two races from the end of the season with three points ahead of Bruno Spengler (Mercedes-Benz Bank AMG C-Class). After 47 laps (175.592 kms), Paul came home 10.532sec ahead of Timo Scheider (Audi). Mercedes-Benz achieved their 160th DTM win out of 328 races for the brand since Mercedes-Benz entered the championship as a factory team in 1988. It is their eighth victory out of nine races this season – the seventh in a row.
The previous overall leader Bruno Spengler didn’t score for the first time in nine races this year. He retired on lap 23 due to technical problems. Paul Di Resta took the championship lead with 63 points ahead of Bruno with 60 and Gary Paffett (Salzgitter AMG Mercedes C-Class) who ended up fourth today with 49 points. The championship will be decided between these three drivers, as Audi’s best ranked driver, Mattias Ekström, also retired today. It is the 10th of 20 possible drivers’ titles for Mercedes-Benz since 1988.
Salzgitter/Mercedes-Benz Bank AMG with Spengler/Paffett won the team ranking with now 109 points. Laureus AMG Mercedes (Di Resta/Schumacher) are second with 66 points but cannot catch up with the leaders in the final two races. Since 1988, Mercedes-Benz has won 15 out of 20 team championships.
In her 50th DTM race, Susie Stoddart (TV Spielfilm AMG Mercedes C-Class) finished seventh and scored points for the second time this season. Jamie Green (Junge Sterne AMG Mercedes C-Class) ended up eighth ahead of Maro Engel (GQ AMG Mercedes C-Class) § Ralf Schumacher (Laureus AMG Mercedes C-Class), David Coulthard (Deutsche Post AMG Mercedes C-Class) and CongFu Cheng (stern AMG Mercedes C-Class) retired as the consequence of a first-lap collision at the new turn four. A total of 140,000 spectators attended the DTM race at Hockenheim during the weekend.
The start: Gary Paffett started third on the grid, Paul Di Resta was fifth, Jamie Green ninth and Bruno Spengler 10th. Braking for the new turn four, Bruno made a mistake and went through the gravel. Ralf Schumacher, David Coulthard and CongFu Cheng were involved in a collision; Ralf retired whilst David and CongFu headed for the pits where they also retired. The safety car was deployed. Lap 5: Re-start. Gary Paffett was third ahead of Paul Di Resta; Jamie Green followed in sixth place and Bruno Spengler in 10th.
Lap 12: Gary Paffett (third) and Jamie Green (sixth) came in for their respective first pit stops. Bruno Spengler (sixth) followed one lap later.
Lap 14: Maro Engel (ninth) pitted.
Lap 16: Susie Stoddart (third) came into the pits.
Lap 18: Maro Engel (10th) completed his second stop. Drive-through penalty for Jamie Green following an incident with Alexandre Prémat (Audi) after their first pit stops.
Lap 20: Bruno Spengler suffered from vibrations. He came in for his second stop to change tyres, but the problem was not solved. He retired on lap 23.
Lap 25: Gary Paffett (fourth) pitted for the second time whilst Paul Di Resta (leader) came in for the second time one lap later.
Lap 27: Second pit stop by Susie Stoddart (sixth).
Maro Engel (eighth) followed one lap later.
Lap 33: Paul Di Resta completed his second pit stop from the lead and resumed immediately ahead of Timo Scheider in the fastest Audi.
Lap 34: Jamie Green (sixth) pitted for the second time.
Finish (lap 47): Paul Di Resta won; Gary Paffett came home fourth; Susie Stoddart finished seventh and Jamie Green eighth.
Paul Di Resta (AMG Mercedes C-Class) winner: “My C-Class was unbeatable today, we had the best strategy and our team did an excellent job – thank you to everybody, this was really great! In the beginning I didn’t think I could win because my start was not perfect, but in the end everything worked out fine. It’s nice to lead the overall ranking, but it will be an exciting battle until the end.” Gary Paffett (Salzgitter AMG Mercedes C-Class) fourth: “Starting third on the gird I had expected more but in the end I suffered from severe oversteer and was not able to drive faster.“
Susie Stoddart (TV-Spielfilm AMG Mercedes C-Class) seventh: “I was really lucky on the opening lap that nobody hit me. Afterwards, I just went for it, my C-Class was perfect and the team did a great job. Thank you for that. I am happy to score points for the second time.”
Jamie Green (Junge Sterne AMG Mercedes C-Class) eighth: “When I resumed after my fist pit stop, I didn’t see Alexandre Prémat. Without the penalty I would have finished further up the field.“
Maro Engel (GQ AMG Mercedes C-Class) ninth: “After the start and heading for turn four, I saw that some drivers braked too late and therefore I braked early. Anyway, I was hit by another car what damaged my front splitter. Therefore I couldn’t do much in the race.”
Bruno Spengler (Mercedes-Benz Bank AMG C-Class) retired: “Of course, I am initially disappointed; however, I knew that would happen one day after I didn’t retire so far this year. That’s racing. The championship battle doesn’t look so good for me now, but I will continue to fight and anything can happen in the final two races – I am positive throughout and do not worry. I will give it my all to win the title.”
David Coulthard (Deutsche Post AMG Mercedes C-Class) retired after a first-lap incident: “When I wanted to turn into turn four, I was pushed from behind. At the same time, several cars spun and that’s what happened. A race accident, I would say.”
CongFu Cheng (stern AMG Mercedes C-Class) retired after a first-lap incident: “It’s a shame that I didn’t finish for the second race in a row. I am sorry that I hit David, but he had been spun and I couldn’t avoid him.”
Ralf Schumacher (Laureus AMG Mercedes C-Class) retired after a first-lap incident: “It’s difficult to say who caused that start incident. Some braked too early, some too late. Things like that happen in motor racing.”
Norbert Haug, Vice President Mercedes-Benz Motorsport: “A great performance by Paul and his team, perfect strategy and perfect win – Paul’s third win in a row. Today we clinched the championship title – thank you to all of us who work for that so incredibly hard. Whether the champion will be Paul Di Resta, Bruno Spengler or Gary Paffett will be decided in the next two races – and probably only in the finale at Shanghai. “I want to combine our double championship win with a big thank you to all of our team members – you are our assets without whom we didn’t have a chance for a single win, not to mention dreaming of a title. “And we do not only have clever guys, but also equally clever girls, as you could see – representative for all – at the victory ceremony today. And the DTM without Susie Stoddart is hard to imagine; with a great drive and absolutely competitive lap times she scored again today. Finally, our big sorry for Bruno – he retired and lost the overall lead, but in the final two races he can take it back, as can Gary and Paul.”
Source: Daimler AG