Team celebrate mid-point of season with a win: Robert Wickens secured the win, his fourth success in the DTM, with a comfortable start-finish victory in the ninth of 18 races this season. The Canadian was the star of the day at Zandvoort. He secured the fourth pole position of his DTM career in qualifying. Wickens also drew level in the stats with Formula 1 World Champion Keke Rosberg by achieving his tenth DTM podium. Wickens on 83 points now improves to second place in the driver standings with this win, and is only ten points behind leader Marco Wittmann (BMW).
Five drivers in the Top Nine made this a strong team result for the Mercedes-AMG DTM Team. Christian Vietoris (BWT Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) took third place on the podium next to Wickens. Vietoris achieved his eighth podium and the 30th points-scoring finish of his DTM career with this third place. He has now achieved as many podiums in the DTM as former Mercedes-AMG DTM ace and ex-Formula 1 driver Jean Alesi.
Gary Paffett (EURONICS Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) has won three times at Zandvoort but finished this race in fourth place, securing points for the 90th time in 138 DTM races. Daniel Juncadella (Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) crossed the finish line in P8, one position up on DTM rookie Esteban Ocon (FREE MEN’S WORLD Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM); these are the young Frenchman’s first points in his maiden season in the DTM.
Lucas Auer (BWT Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) came home in P12. Paul Di Resta (Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) was 15th. Maximilian Götz (Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM) retired from the race shortly after the start following a contact with Martin Tomczyk (BMW).
Robert Wickens: “After this race, I’ve got an especially big grin on my face. I haven’t had much luck here in the past, but the whole team have done a tremendous job, and together we’ve recorded my first win of the season. We knew that this track would be difficult for us, so we put in a lot of hard work, and that’s now paid off. The car was simply fantastic. Winning races is never easy – it may have looked that way, but I can tell you that it most certainly wasn’t. I tried to manage the tyres in case the safety car came out again. I got into a good rhythm, and everything worked superbly.”
Christian Vietoris: “I’ve been waiting for this podium for a long time. I put in strong performances at both the Lausitzring and the Norisring, and I’m happy that we’ve now been able to convert the good grid position here into points. I was faster on the corners than Marco Wittmann who was ahead of me, but unfortunately I wasn’t able to overtake him on the straights. I tried everything possible but found no way past. There is a lot of sand on the track next to the perfect racing line. If you stray into it, you then need a couple of laps to get the tyres clean again. We now have to find a bit more top speed this evening so that we can go on the attack again tomorrow.”
Source: Mercedes-AMG DTM