The Mercedes-AMG DTM Team began the new 2015 DTM season with two podiums. Pascal Wehrlein (gooix Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) and Paul Di Resta (Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) finished second and third respectively, achieving podiums in what constitutes a home race for Mercedes-Benz. This was Wehrlein’s second podium finish in the DTM after his victory at the Lausitzring last season. Di Resta has secured 22 podiums in all.
Christian Vietoris (Original-Teile Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) and Maximilian Götz (Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) finished the race in P14 and P16. Gary Paffett (EURONICS Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) and Lucas Auer (BWT Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) were involved in a collision through no fault of their own and had to abandon the race. Spain’s Daniel Juncadella (PETRONAS Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) had also had to retire early on.
Canadian Robert Wickens (SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) made a good start but was forced to retire to the pits after the first lap with damage to the suspension. His car was so badly damaged after a number of contacts with other vehicles that he was unable to continue the race.
Looking ahead to Sunday: Qualifying for the second race begins on Sunday at 10:35 am. The second race starts at 1:43 pm. ARD’s live broadcast of the race commences at 1:20 pm. The second race will last 60 minutes plus one lap. Unlike in the first race, there will be a mandatory pit stop with tyre change.
Pascal Wehrlein: “That was definitely a good start to the season. Second place in qualifying and another P2 in the first race. Things have gone well for me, so far. Of course, I would have preferred to win, but I lost position early in the race and then was third. I knew things would be tough at the start, because I was on used tyres. I was fast towards the end, though, so I took P2 back again”
Source: Mercedes-AMG DTM