The DTM is holding the last race weekend of the 2017 season at Hockenheim, which is a home fixture for Mercedes-AMG Motorsport. Edoardo Mortara (BWT Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM), the winner of two races at Hockenheim, ended the 17th race of the season in fifth place, achieving his 51st points-scoring finish in the DTM.
In total, four Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTMs came home in the Top Ten. Robert Wickens (Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM Mercedes me) was seventh, crossing the line directly in front of his Mercedes-AMG Motorsport DTM team colleague Lucas Auer (BWT Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM, eighth place). The winner of the first race of the season at Hockenheim took his 20th points-scoring finish of his DTM career and his tenth this season. Gary Paffett (Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM Mercedes me), who has won four times at Hockenheim, achieved his 13th finish in the points this year and his 106th overall in the DTM.
Two-time winner at Hockenheim Paul Di Resta (Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) crossed the finish line in P14. Maro Engel took the chequered flag in P16 in his orange SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM to end the penultimate race of the season.
Comments after the race
Edoardo Mortara: “That was a long race, but I don’t think we could have done more today. Overall, I think that we did just about everything right. I had a good qualifying and a good start. I was always able to attack when necessary, but we were just a little bit slower than the others towards the end and were down on pace slightly. And so, we couldn’t fight them properly, which is a pity, because we had a good scrap with them in the first stint. But ultimately, P5 is a good result for me.”
Robert Wickens: “That was not an easy day. We did a better than expected job to go sixth on the grid and with Edo in P5. I think that was more or less probably the maximum that we could have done. In the race itself, I ran a pretty lonely P6 for the whole thing. I fell back to P7 after the pit sequence, because Rocky was incredibly quick. I tried to overtake Rene Rast on the second-to-last lap, but unfortunately I couldn’t make it work and I had to settle for P7. The last few races, we have been scoring some steady points. Hopefully we can work over night and try to be a little quicker tomorrow.”
Lucas Auer: “After things just didn’t work for us in qualifying, I at least improved by seven places in the race. But unfortunately, we were never going to get more than that today. Now we have to wait and see what’s feasible tomorrow.”
Source: Mercedes-AMG Motorsport