The DTM is staging the grand finale of its 30th anniversary season this weekend. Pascal Wehrlein (gooix Mercedes AMG C-Coupé / 1:33.483 minutes) will line up in sixth position for the tenth and final round of the 2014 season, which is a home race for Mercedes-Benz.
In the final DTM qualifying of the year, Paul Di Resta (DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé / 1:33.468 minutes) booked P10 on the grid. Fellow Mercedes-Benz driver Robert Wickens (FREE MAN’S WORLD Mercedes AMG C-Coupé / 1:33.525 minutes) finished the qualifying in P12. Gary Paffett (EURONICS Mercedes AMG C-Coupé / 1:33.708 minutes) came home in P16. Daniel Juncadella (Petronas Mercedes AMG C-Coupé / 1:33.721 minutes) took P17.
Christian Vietoris (Original-Teile Mercedes AMG C-Coupé / 1:34.066 minutes) and Vitaly Petrov (DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé / 1:34.443 minutes) qualified in P22 and P23 respectively for the final race of the season.
Looking ahead to the race: The final race of the 2014 season gets under way on Sunday at 2:00 pm (live on ARD, from 1:30 pm onwards). The race is staged over 42 laps, equating to a total distance of 192.108 km. Audi driver Miguel Molina (1:33.316 minutes) will start the race from pole position.
Comments after Qualifying
Pascal Wehrlein (19, Germany, gooix Mercedes AMG C-Coupé): 6th, (1:33.483)
“In the circumstances, P6 is a respectable result for us. It’s perhaps not the outcome that we had expected, but we can achieve a lot from this position on the grid. We had some difficulties in free practice, but that’s fairly standard if you’ve brought along new parts and you’ve not had a lot of time to try them out. We’ve improved the car since this morning. We’re expecting a tough race tomorrow, but I’ll be going all out on the attack in this last race of the season.”
Paul Di Resta (28, Scotland, DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé): 10th, (1:33.468)
“I’m reasonably satisfied with my result. It’s a little bit frustrating. We were in good shape for Q3. We had two sets of tyres left over thanks to our speed in Q1. We’ve got a very good setup and I’m very confident with where the car is. Hopefully we can put something together tomorrow for a strong race.”
Robert Wickens (25, Canada, FREE MAN’S WORLD Mercedes AMG C-Coupé): 12th, (1:33.525)
“It was not a good qualifying but also not a bad one. It could have been better, though. Q1 was pretty standard. I was happy to go through to Q2. Unfortunately, we then had a small problem with the car on the first run in Q2. We had to stop the run and switch immediately to the second set of new tyres. I just didn’t do a good enough lap. I couldn’t really prepare for the lap because of the problem we had on the first run. I went in a bit blind. Starting twelfth tomorrow is better than I’ve started in the last two races, and I scored points in both of them. Hopefully, we can score points and finish the year on a good note.”
Gary Paffett (33, England, EURONICS Mercedes AMG C-Coupé): 16th, (1:33.708)
“This result is obviously very disappointing. We expected to have a better performance this weekend, but it’s still difficult for the whole team to get close to the front. The car doesn’t feel that bad. In fact, it feels quite good. But it’s not perfect yet. I didn’t get the best out of it on my lap in Q2. That’s a bit disappointing but I think we still lack a bit of pace in the car as well.”
Daniel Juncadella (23, Spain, Petronas Mercedes AMG C-Coupé):17th, (1:33.721)
“Qualifying looked to be going quite well at first, but unfortunately my best lap time in Q1 was disallowed for having infringed track limits. That meant I had blown it, and so I finished the session in 17th.”
Christian Vietoris (25, Germany, Original-Teile Mercedes AMG C-Coupé): 22nd, (1:34.066)
“What a tough Saturday that was. It started badly this morning in free practice when I had a few problems. After that, we tried to get the best possible setup for qualifying, but without the necessary data from free practice, that proved to be difficult. This is not the grid position that we were hoping for in our challenge to clinch the championship runner-up spot. All the same, we’ll be doing our very best tomorrow to secure a points finish.”
Vitaly Petrov (30, Russia, DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé): 23rd, (1:34.443)
“That was a tough day for us. Perhaps we expected too much from the car this weekend. The balance is still not good enough despite the update. The new car is an improvement generally, but it’s not easy to set up the car with so little time. It’s not the end of the world for me, though. I need more time to get the setup right.”
Toto Wolff, Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport: “Congratulations to Audi. They produced a strong team result today. Unfortunately, things didn’t go quite so well for us. Pascal’s sixth position on the grid is, of course, not where we want to be. However, today’s qualifying was really close as regards to lap times. We’ve got a brand new car here with lots of new parts. When you drive a new car for the first time, it’s never easy to get everything out of it immediately with little practice time. Now, we’ll continue to work hard in order to finish the season with a successful result in tomorrow’s race.”
Source: Mercedes-Benz Motorsport