The Mercedes-AMG DTM Team had two disappointing races in Spielberg, Austria, this weekend. Daniel Juncadella placed twelfth in Sunday’s second race in front of 30,500 spectators (over the whole weekend).
His Mercedes-AMG DTM team-mate Gary Paffett went on a strong charge, as he had done in Hockenheim, but his efforts went unrewarded after a contact on the final lap. By this stage, the 2005 DTM Champion had worked his way ten places up the field and was battling Timo Scheider (Audi) for tenth place. Paffett dropped back down to P13 after the contact with Scheider. And so, the race track in Styria remains a tough nut to crack for the Mercedes-AMG DTM Team. The team have had a disqualification in recent years, and then there was the ‘Schieb ihn raus!’ (Push him off!) incident, when Schneider actually pushed two Mercedes-AMG DTM drivers off the track.
Paul Di Resta finished the race in 15th place, but the Scot retains his lead in the drivers’ standings. He is three points ahead of Edoardo Mortara (Audi) after four races. Lucas Auer, Christian Vietoris and Esteban Ocon placed 16th, 17th and 18th respectively. Robert Wickens was 20th, while Maximilian Götz came home in P22.
The next race weekend: From Spielberg, the DTM heads on to the Lausitzring, where the third race weekend of the season will be staged from 3rd to 5th June.
Daniel Juncadella: “What a tough day for our team! We didn’t secure any points in the end, unfortunately, but I had a strong race. My pace was good at the start. Too bad that I lost a lot of time at the pit entrance behind Rockenfeller prior to my pit stop. I can’t understand why he went so slowly. That cost me two places, which meant that points were no longer achievable. However, what’s important is that our pace was better today.”
Source: Mercedes-AMG DTM