The DTM staged races three and four this weekend at the Lausitzring in front of 60,000 spectators. Spanish driver Daniel Juncadella (PETRONAS Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) placed sixth in this home race for Mücke, his Mercedes-AMG DTM team. Last year, Juncadella achieved fourth place at the Lausitzring which is his best result so far in the DTM.
Christian Vietoris (Original-Teile Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) in seventh place also finished in the top 8. Last year’s winner, Pascal Wehrlein (gooix Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) crossed the line in 14th place. Paul Di Resta (Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM), Maximilian Götz (Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM) and Robert Wickens (SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM) finished 16th, 17th and 18th respectively.
Austrian driver Lucas Auer (BWT Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) retired ten minutes before the end. 2005 DTM champion Gary Paffett (EURONICS Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM Gary Paffett ended Sunday’s race in Hockenheim on the podium. At the Lausitzring, though, he had to retire his car to the pits with gearbox problems during the initial stages of the race.
The next race: Races five and six of the 2015 season will be staged at Nuremburg’s street circuit (June 26th-28th), as the DTM racing year reaches a climax.
“So far this season, I’ve been getting off to really good starts. It’s especially important here to get off the line like a rocket. I gained two positions on the first lap, and after that, my pace was good. The car ran good, and I’d like to thank the team for that. I had a strong race pace. So it was a lot of fun out there. Towards the end, I attacked Mortara. I don’t consider his manoeuvre to have been 100% fair. He was defending his position on the inside which is OK. I then braked late and tried to go round on the outside. The way I saw it, he turned into me and left me no room, so I was forced out onto the grass. But at least I gave it a go.”
“That was a good race, but not much more was possible in view of my position on the grid. The team did a good job overnight and improved the car considerably. We just got the setup wrong at the beginning of the weekend. We’ve been steadily improving from Friday to today, which is something quite positive, but we’ll have to start the next race on a better footing.”
“At the start of the race, I had the same problem with my clutch as yesterday. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to change it overnight, because the parc fermé regulations didn’t leave us enough time. From my perspective, I was well ahead of Da Costa on my overtaking manoeuvre. He hit the left rear of my car. But ultimately, it doesn’t matter, because my start wasn’t good enough. That cost me a lot of places and made it difficult to get into the points.”
Paul Di Resta:
“It’s been a very difficult day from my perspective. I didn’t feel comfortable in the car in free practice, qualifying or the race itself, so it’s been a matter of damage limitation. Hopefully, we’ll be able to sort out the problems until the next race. The Norisring is a unique track. Unfortunately, there weren’t any points today. We have to make sure that we optimise whatever we can in all departments.”
“That was not an easy race. I was able to gain a few positions but I didn’t want to take too many risks. Our setup wasn’t quite the best. I lost time on the decisive corners trying to get into the DRS window. As the other drivers came out of the pit lane, I tried to keep going at my own speed. It was a hard fight, and I’ve learnt a lot from it. This is not the result that we had maybe hoped for. But P15 in yesterday’s race was a very good result for me.”
“A day to forget. Everything felt good in qualifying. I got blocked on my lap, unfortunately, and so placed 16th on the grid. I had a good start and was twelfth after the first lap, but we didn’t have that much speed to continue to move forwards. I couldn’t get the DRS from the cars in front of me and had to stay on the defensive throughout the race. Finally, I defended too much and made a mistake, and that was it. A weekend to forget. I’m now looking forward to the Norisring.”
“The start and the first few laps were OK, but I then got into a little bit of trouble. I was at the head of a long train of drivers who were all able to use DRS except me. After my relatively late pit stop, I lapped the circuit more or less on my own and maintained a steady pace. I probably attempted a bit too much in the end. I got a bit of oversteer at the braking point and lost control, unfortunately.”
“I got away to a good start and was subsequently placed tenth. But then on the exit to Turn 7, I found I couldn’t change up out of third gear, so my race was over, unfortunately.”
Ulrich Fritz, Head of Mercedes DTM:
“That was a tough weekend for us. Daniel did a good job as the best non-Audi driver by placing sixth, but generally speaking, we expected more than P6 and P7. We had unforeseen problems with the tyres, which we’ll now have to look at in detail with our tyre partner, Hankook.”
Source: Mercedes-AMG DTM