Mercedes-AMG DTM driver Pascal Wehrlein (gooix Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) won the DTM season highlight at the Norisring. Fellow Mercedes drivers Robert Wickens (SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM), Gary Paffett (EURONICS Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) and Christian Vietoris (Original-Teile Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) gave the Mercedes-AMG DTM Team a one-two-three-four victory by coming home directly behind him.
This was Wehrlein’s second victory in the internationally popular touring car series. He took his maiden win at the Lausitzring last year, becoming the youngest winner in DTM history. His success in Nuremberg was the 13th victory for Mercedes at the Norisring since 2003. Since that year, a Mercedes driver has finished as the best-placed driver at the Bavarian street circuit in every single year.
The fifth race of the 2015 season got under way on a wet track after a shower just before the start. Wehrlein went straight out on slicks, unlike Wickens, Paffett and Vietoris. His fellow Mercedes drivers bolted on wet-weather tyres. That enabled them to pull out a lead which they used mid-way through the race to switch to slicks.
Daniel Juncadella (PETRONAS Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) finished tenth, likewise in the points. DTM rookie Lucas Auer (BWT Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) crossed the line in 15th. Paul Di Resta (Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) retired shortly after switching from wet to dry tyres after contact with another car on lap 18. Maximilian Götz (Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) also had to withdraw from the race with a gearbox problem.
“A tough race, but a super result for the team and me. My engineers made the right call to send me out on slicks to begin with. Both strategies worked well in the end, even if my tyres degraded a bit more, as I’d been running them right from the start. It was very tricky initially to keep the car on track on the slicks. It’s very easy to make mistakes on a street circuit like this, then your race is over. And so, the race was fairly exciting, particularly at the start. Robert and Gary were a little faster towards the end. Consequently, it was important not to make any errors, otherwise they would have had me.”
“Our strategy was good today. It would have been a very big risk, going out on slicks. Our goal here was to take as many points as possible. And we succeeded. Plus, we secured the top four places for Mercedes, which is a great result. Pascal especially did a great job on slicks. Congratulations”
Source: Mercedes-AMG DTM