Hard-won fifth place for Mercedes-AMG DTM driver Robert Wickens (SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) in Sunday’s race in Moscow. The winner of the first race on Saturday was on course to finish on the podium for quite a long time until he dropped back down to fifth place with damage to aerodynamics and complete loss of power steering.
He strongly defended P5 to the finish line, putting up a real fight, and successfully fended off an attack by Edoardo Mortara (Audi) in the last corner of the race. As a result, the Canadian is still in second place in the drivers’ standings after twelve races. Now on 118 points, Wickens is twelve points down on the leader, Marco Wittmann (BMW).
Lucas Auer (BWT Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) finished the race in tenth place and also scored points. His Mercedes-AMG DTM team-mate Daniel Juncadella (Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) was in sixth place behind Wickens until the final lap and did a sterling job for the team of protecting his fellow Mercedes-AMG driver from attack. However, He dropped back down into P12 with a gearbox problem.
All the remaining Mercedes-AMG DTM drivers took the chequered flag: Christian Vietoris (BWT Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM, P14), Maximilian Götz (Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM, P16), Gary Paffett (EURONICS Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM, P18), Paul Di Resta (Mercedes -AMG C 63 DTM, P20) and Felix Rosenqvist (FREE MEN’S WORLD Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM, P21).
Four Mercedes-AMG DTM drivers reached minor milestones on Sunday in Moscow: Christian Vietoris notched up his 70th DTM race, Robert Wickens his 60th, Daniel Juncadella his 50th and Maximilian Götz his 30th.
The next race weekend: The seventh race weekend of the 2016 DTM season will take place at the Nürburgring, 9th – 11th September.
Robert Wickens: “That was a bittersweet race from my perspective. I was third behind Blomqvist for quite a time but then ran into problems with the power steering on Lap 8. It gradually got harder to steer and I could feel vibrations as well. And then I completely lost power steering around Lap 10 or 12. I really had to fight after that. Plus, my car suffered damage in a contact with Martin Tomczyk after my pit stop. He braked deliberately on the straight and in places where you shouldn’t in a bid to hold me up. I tried to overtake him on the outside, but he didn’t steer into the turn and carried straight on. The resulting damage cost me more lap time than the problems with the steering. It was really hard to keep out of the way of other drivers without power steering and with less downforce than normal. But still, I can be pleased in the end, since at times, I didn’t think I would make it to the finish line. Dani is the man of the race for me. I can’t thank him enough for his support. But for him, I wouldn’t have been in the points. I realised that it would be really close as I scrapped with Edoardo Mortara in the last turn, but I have the greatest respect for him. We used to race against each other in Formula 3, and I’ve known him for a long time. Our battles with one another have always been very clean.”
Source: Mercedes-AMG DTM