Title win in Mercedes-Benz home fixture at Hockenheim: Pascal Wehrlein (gooix/Original-Teile Mercedes-AMG) secured the drivers’ title in the DTM with P8 in the first race on Saturday. The young 20-year-old has become the youngest DTM champion one day before his 21st birthday on Sunday. Wehrlein is the fifth driver to win the DTM drivers’ title with Mercedes-Benz and follows in the footsteps of Klaus Ludwig (1992, 1994), Bernd Schneider (1995, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2006), Gary Paffett (2005) and Paul Di Resta (2010).
With one race to go before the end of the season, gooix/Original-Teile Mercedes-AMG are in first place in the team standings with 225 points in all and a 27-point lead. 2010 DTM champion Paul Di Resta ended the first race at Hockenheim in P4. Maximilian Götz (Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) completed the Top Ten in tenth position.
Christian Vietoris (Original-Teile Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) and Daniel Juncadella (PETRONAS Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) finished the race in P12 and P13 respectively. Lucas Auer (BWT Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) crossed the line in P17. Robert Wickens (SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) and Gary Paffett (EURONICS Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) retired after two separate collisions.
Pascal Wehrlein: 2015 DTM champion
Pascal Wehrlein set new records in the DTM from day one. On his debut in the 2013 season, aged just 18, he was the youngest starter ever in the history of the popular touring car series. And that’s how things continued. In 2014 at the Lausitzring, he became the youngest DTM driver ever to secure pole position. One day later, he crowned his achievements with an outstanding performance, earning his place as the youngest winner of a race in DTM history at the age of 19. In difficult weather conditions, he led on every lap except one.
Wehrlein has now fulfilled his big ambition in his third DTM season. The Mercedes-AMG driver is the new 2015 DTM champion. The 20-year-old secured the championship title in his 37th DTM race by finishing 8th. So far this season, he has achieved two wins and five podiums and has scored points in 15 of the 17 races held so far, more than any other driver on the DTM grid.
Following a successful career in karting, Wehrlein won the 2011 Formel ADAC and moved up into Formula 3 the following year. He finished second in the Formula 3 Euro Series in 2012 while still in his debut season and rounded off his season by winning the Rookie of the Year title. He joined the Mercedes-AMG DTM Team in 2013.
In addition to his duties in the DTM, Wehrlein has also played an important role in the Silver Arrows Formula 1 team over the past two seasons. He worked on the Race Support programme at MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS during 2014 and was also given his first test drive in a Formula 1 car just before clinching his first DTM victory at the Lausitzring. Wehrlein has accompanied the Formula 1 team as their official reserve driver since the 2014 Singapore Grand Prix.
Pascal Wehrlein comments after the race: “You can’t be too pleased until you’re sure of the result. It’s all over very quickly especially in the DTM, but all the pressure fell away from me from after crossing the finish line. It’s just mega. Thanks to the whole team for their superb work this season. I had a fast car today and was able to prove it as well towards the end of the race.”
Source: Mercedes-AMG DTM