With a seventh place in the first race on Saturday, Paul Di Resta defended his lead in the DTM drivers’ standings. After three races, the 2010 DTM champion in first place has a three-point lead on Edoardo Mortara (Audi). Mercedes-AMG are in second place in the manufacturers’ and team rankings after the first race in Spielberg.
Canadian Robert Wickens finished Saturday’s race in Styria in eleventh place. Maxmilian Götz and Gary Paffett booked positions 15 and 18 respectively. DTM rookie Esteban Ocon (FREE MEN’S WORLD Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) took the chequered flag for the first time in his budding DTM career in the first race in Spielberg. The Frenchman placed 20th at the finish line, one position up on local driver Lucas Auer.
The race ended early for Christian Vietoris (BWT Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) and Daniel Juncadella (UBFS Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) after a collision in the second turn.
Looking ahead to race 2: The fourth race of the 2016 DTM season will start on Sunday at 15:13. The third free practice session will be staged at 10:20 and the second qualifying session at 12:50. The Mercedes-AMG DTM Race Hub at mercedes.me/racehubdtm, featuring live timing data, live commentary, fan voting and exclusive video clips hosted by Thore Schölermann will give an insight into what’s happening behind the scenes at the Mercedes-AMG DTM Team during each race weekend.
Paul Di Resta: “I’m pretty happy with the race. We still have some work to do, but the key to winning is consistency. We’ll just have to work harder tomorrow and try to finish higher up. There was some contact in the race with Antonio Felix da Costa, among others. That was definitely much too harsh – he hit me and forced me over the kerbs. Still, he has since apologized to me.”
Source: Mercedes-AMG DTM