The Mercedes-AMG Motorsport DTM Team finished the 2017 DTM season on Sunday with their home fixture at Hockenheim. Gary Paffett (Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM Mercedes me) booked fourth place in front of 152,000 spectators (over the weekend). This was the 2005 DTM champion’s 14th points-scoring finish in the 18th race of the season.
His Mercedes-AMG Motorsport DTM team-mates Edoardo Mortara (BWT Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) and Lucas Auer (BWT Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) also came home in the Top Ten in this last race of the season; Mortara was ninth while his team-mate in the second Pink Panther took P10.
Maro Engel (SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) was 13th over the finish line in his 60th DTM race. Paul Di Resta (Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) was 16th. Robert Wickens (Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM Mercedes me) retired following a contact with Tom Blomqvist (BMW).
Marco Wittmann (BMW) took the win in the last race of the season from newly crowned DTM champion Rene Rast (Audi). Mercedes-AMG Motorsport finished the 2017 DTM season in second place in the manufacturers’ classification with 568 points.
Comments after the race
Gary Paffett: “What a day! Qualifying was again disappointing with P9, unfortunately. That was a bit frustrating, because the car had more to give, but the race was perfect. I had to fight a bit at the start but subsequently managed to find my way back up into P8. We then stayed out for a long time, longer than most drivers, which was our strategy. I had the freshest tyres after we’d pitted, and the car was just incredible in the race. Its pace was amazing and very different to everyone else’s in the second stint. It was a really good race.”
Ulrich Fritz, Head of Mercedes-AMG Motorsport DTM: “Congratulations to Rene Rast and Audi. They had the best package this year and deserve to be champions. We obviously wanted to end the season with a podium, but Gary’s strong P4 finish was enough to give us second place in the manufacturers’ classification. Many thanks to everyone in the team. They did a great job all season.”
Toto Wolff, Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport: “Congratulations to Audi, Dieter Gass and Rene Rast on their well-deserved championship success. To win this highly-competitive DTM series as a rookie in his first year is an amazing performance. Audi had the best package this season and again produced an exciting battle for P1 in the final race. But let’s not forget to give our team a mention for taking us to second place in the manufacturers’ classification. It was a close fight with BMW, but we won in the end.”
Source: Mercedes-AMG Motorsport