The DTM is at the Dutch dune circuit in Zandvoort this weekend to contest races seven and eight of the season. Mercedes-AMG driver Pascal Wehrlein (gooix Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) finished the first race of the weekend in tenth place.
British driver Gary Paffett (EURONICS Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) crossed the finish line in eleventh position behind Wehrlein. The 2005 champion was in fifth place until just before the finish and had a chance to improve even more. He was only about three and a half seconds off the lead at that point. However, Paffett went off track while battling for fourth place and dropped back down the field behind Wehrlein.
Christian Vietoris (Original-Teile Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) finished the race in P12. Maximilian Götz (Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM), Daniel Juncadella (PETRONAS Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) und Lucas Auer (BWT Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) placed 15th, 16th and 17th respectively.
Paul Di Resta (Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) retired from the race during the initial start phase after a crash. Robert Wickens (SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) parked up in the pits during the closing third segment of the race with damage to his car after a contact.
Looking ahead to race 2: The second race of the weekend will start at 2:13 pm on Sunday (live on ARD television at 1:50 pm) and last 60 minutes plus one lap. Positions on the grid for the second race will be determined at 11:35 am in the second qualifying.
Pascal Wehrlein: “My start wasn’t ideal. After that, my speed was good. I had a minor collision with Adrien Tambay, which from my perspective was unnecessary. Apart from that, I was satisfied with my race, though obviously not with the result.”
Gary Paffett: “It was a good start. I got alongside Augusto on the outside of Turn 1, but he got pushed and I got pushed wide and, unfortunately, I didn’t gain any places. I stayed in P5. I managed to stay in his DRS which was the aim. The aim was to try and get him at the end, because he started to struggle with the tyres a bit. I had the DRS and he moved to the inside for Turn 7, braked a bit early, and I just misjudged his braking point and just touched the back, and that was it. It was unfortunate, really. I wasn’t trying to overtake him there I was just trying to get close. It was a shame.”
Source: Mercedes-AMG DTM