Podium to end the Lausitzring Motorsport Festival: Robert Wickens (Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM Mercedes me) finished third in his 70th DTM race in front of 67,500 spectators (through the gates over the weekend). This was the Canadian’s fourth podium in a row at the Lausitzring. This fourth race of the season also marked the 200th race of the ‘new DTM’ since the year 2000. Including Lucas Auer’s victory on Saturday, Mercedes-AMG Motorsport have notched up 13 wins at the Lausitzring during this period.
Gary Paffett (Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM Mercedes me) in P4 crossed the finish line right behind his Mercedes-AMG Motorsport DTM team-mate. Lucas Auer (Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM BWT) finished in the points for the fourth time this season in the fourth race of the year. He had a tough time in qualifying but improved by five positions to finish the race in P10.
The Austrian thus defended his lead in the drivers’ standings. Now on 69 points, he is 16 points clear of Jamie Green in second place, who won the second race at the Lausitzring. Mercedes-AMG Motorsport BWT on 88 points head the team standings. With 187 points, Mercedes-AMG also lead the manufacturer’s rankings.
Edoardo Mortara (Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM BWT) finished his 80th DTM race in P11. Maro Engel (Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM SILBERPFEIL Energy) and Paul Di Resta (Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) crossed the finish line in P12 and P13 respectively.
Qualifying: In the second qualifying session on Sunday, Robert Wickens secured his first pole of the season and the third for Mercedes-AMG Motorsport this year after having qualified in second place on the front row right behind pole-sitter Lucas Auer on Saturday. “Rob’s lap was absolutely amazing. Just incredible, actually,” said Head of Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Ulrich Fritz. “Gary also took it to the max.” The British driver secured the fourth-fastest time in the second qualifying session.
The next race weekend: The next two rounds of the 2017 DTM season will take place on the weekend of 16th – 18th June at the Hungaroring not far from Budapest.
Robert Wickens: “I’d obviously hoped for more after taking pole, but I still finished on the podium, so it’s difficult to be too disappointed. The first stint was fantastic and I thought that I had the race under control, but Audi were really fast during the second stint. I was unable to find a reply. It wasn’t possible for us to pit on the first lap. Our tyres would not have held up long enough. We decided to make a relatively early pit stop in view of Eki’s pace at the start. That’s how I knew it would be close. I’ve never driven 30 laps before in one stint on the same tyres, but that’s exactly what I had to do today. Two podiums in one weekend are a great result. The championship is only just getting started for me. I would now like to keep it up. Congratulations to VfB Stuttgart on their promotion. I hope I did their colours proud.”
Source: Mercedes-AMG Motorsport