The DTM is contesting the second race weekend of the season at the Lausitzring this weekend. Pascal Wehrlein (gooix Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) crossed the finish line as best-placed Mercedes-AMG DTM driver in the first of this weekend’s two races. The winner of last year’s race at the Lausitzring finished the third race of the season in fifth place.
Two more Mercedes-AMG DTM drivers – Robert Wickens (SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) and Daniel Juncadella (PETRONAS Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) – finished in the Top Ten. Canadian driver Wickens was sixth, while Juncadella took the chequered flag in P10.
Paul Di Resta (Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) and Maximilian Götz (Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) crossed the finish line in P14 and P15 respectively. Christian Vietoris (Original-Teile Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM), Lucas Auer (BWT Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) and Gary Paffett (EURONICS Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) finished the first of this weekend’s two races in positions 17, 21 and 23.
Looking ahead to race 2: Qualifying for the second race of the weekend at the Lausitzring will take place on Sunday at 11:40 (live stream on www.sportschau.de). The race will start at 14:23 – ARD live broadcast from 14:00 onwards. In accordance with the regulations, the race will last 60 minutes plus one lap and include a mandatory pit stop with tyre change, unlike in the first race of the weekend.
Pascal Wehrlein: “Unfortunately, my start wasn’t very good, which cost me several positions and spoilt my race to some extent, because my race pace was otherwise really good. But because of my poor start, I first had to regain the lost positions. When we get involved in overtaking battles, we’re not able to show our optimum pace. Towards the end, I was able to close the gap on the Audis, but all in all, I’m not quite satisfied with this race. It should have been possible to achieve more.”
Robert Wickens: “Sixth is OK. After all, I finished where I started. My start was very good, but unfortunately, I got stuck on the outside in Turn 1. I thought that would be smarter than to go wide on the outside, as I might have ended up in the grass otherwise. A points-scoring result is strong. Of course, I always want more. Hopefully, I can achieve that tomorrow.”
Daniel Juncadella (24, Spain): “I’m happy to have finished in the points for the first time this season. That was by no means an easy race. I locked up my front wheels on Turn 1 trying to overtake Marco Wittmann. After that, my pace wasn’t as good as at the start of the race. All things considered, our car deserved a Top Five finish. If I can qualify better tomorrow, I should be able to achieve even more.”
Paul Di Resta: “I had some bad luck at the start when I was forced into the grass. Farfus then hit me at the end of the first lap, badly damaging the front of my car. A points-scoring result would have been possible today. We must do better in qualifying to achieve that.”
Maximilian Götz: “I got off to a terrible start. I simply didn’t get off the line very well. Things then went better for me on the first corner, because I was able to size up the situation and snake my way past several of the cars ahead of me. In fact, I probably gained more positions than if I’d started better. After that, my race pace was good. I managed to overtake a few cars and spent the rest of the race tailing Paul. We could both have gone faster, but the two BMWs ahead of us were holding us up. However, I didn’t want to take any risks, so I concentrated on finishing the race safely.”
Christian Vietoris: “A tough start to the weekend. We were hoping for considerably more. After the season opener at Hockenheim, we brought a good package to the Lausitzring where I’ve finished on the podium twice in the past. Too bad that more was not possible here today. Finding the right setup was extremely tough, but tomorrow is another day, and we’ll attack again then.”
Lucas Auer: “That was a tough race. I spun early on and was then left pretty much driving on my own, but at least I was able to post a few laps and gain some experience. My pace was OK while doing that. We now have to work hard tonight and then we’ll do well in the second race.”
Gary Paffett: free track ahead of me, the pace wasn’t at all bad. But it’s very difficult to work your way up the field from so far back. I couldn’t get close enough to the cars in front to attempt any overtaking. On the final lap, I tried to get past da Costa. He turned in and I went into a spin. All I could think of was avoiding a collision and not damaging the car for tomorrow’s race.”
Ulrich Fritz, Head of Mercedes DTM:
“Unfortunately, the start was not terrific, causing Pascal and Robert to drop several positions down the field, but they both fought back and were able at least to reclaim their original positions. The result is, of course, unsatisfactory. Sadly, more was not possible today. We will now just have to see where we can improve for tomorrow.”
Source: Mercedes-AMG DTM