Not a good afternoon for the Mercedes-AMG DTM Team at the Golden Jubilee of the DTM at the Nürburgring. Paul Di Resta (Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) booked P6 and Lucas Auer (BWT Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) P7 in a race that was marked by several collisions.
Austrian driver Lucas Auer was contesting his 30th race in the Eifel. He secured his third pole position in the DTM in qualifying and his second at this track. However, he was handed a five-place grid penalty in the race following his third warning of the season during the second fixture in Moscow.
Robert Wickens (SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) and Maximilian Götz (Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) finished the 13th race of the season in ninth and tenth place respectively. For Wickens, P9 goes some way to limiting the damage in the title fight. He is on 120 points after 13 races and is still second overall behind Marco Wittmann (BMW) in the lead with 155 points.
DTM rookie Felix Rosenqvist (FREE MEN’S WORLD Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) was twelfth, and local favourite Christian Vietoris (BWT Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) crossed the finish line in P13.
Daniel Juncadella (Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) was in fourth place for a good quarter of an hour before the end of the race and in with a chance of a podium finish. However, in an exciting battle between drivers jockeying for position, Bruno Spengler (BMW) crashed into the Spaniard, causing him to spin and drop back down the field. Juncadella subsequently finished the race in P17. Spengler received a drive-through penalty for causing the collision.
Gary Paffett (EURONICS Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) battled with Timo Scheider (Audi) for the final point in the closing stages of the race. Paffett was hit from behind during the scrap and forced into a spin. He crossed the finish line in P19 as a result.
Paul Di Resta: “A reasonable day overall. P6 is a good result in view of the extra weight. I think we’ll be happy if we can do as well tomorrow. It was a tough day, but I can feel quite positive about it.”
Lucas Auer: “Qualifying was super. I had a few problems at the start of the race. I didn’t get my start right, unfortunately. We’ll now have to look carefully at that, because if you don’t get a good start, then it totally ruins your first lap. We can achieve more tomorrow if we improve.”
Source: Mercedes-AMG DTM