Second race, second win: Following the success of Edoardo Mortara on Saturday, Gary Paffett secured a second victory this weekend for the Mercedes-AMG Motorsport DTM Team at the Lausitzring. This was the British driver’s second success this season and the 22nd overall of his DTM career following the season opener at Hockenheim.
The 2005 DTM champion is now the most successful driver at the Lausitzring with four victories to his name. DTM record-breaking champion Bernd Schneider and Jamie Green have both won three times at the Lausitzring. This was Mercedes-AMG Motorsport’s 15th victory at this circuit and our 184th in the DTM.
Pascal Wehrlein (Mercedes-AMG Motorsport PETRONAS) finished third and joined team-mate Gary on the podium. For the 2015 DTM champion, this was his seventh podium finish in his DTM career and first since returning to the series this year. Pascal was last on the DTM podium at the Nürburgring in 2015 but has some fond memories of the Lausitzring as well, as he took his maiden win in the DTM there in 2014.
Paul Di Resta (Mercedes-AMG Motorsport REMUS) went on a strong charge over the 34 laps to finish fourth. Paul started out from grid position 15 and gained 11 positions thanks to clever use of strategy.
Edoardo Mortara (Mercedes Energy Mercedes-AMG Motorsport SILBERPFEIL) and Daniel Juncadella (Mercedes-AMG Motorsport REMUS) finished eleventh and twelfth respectively just outside the Top Ten. Lucas Auer (SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG Motorsport) crossed the line in 14th position.
Five Mercedes-AMG Motorsport DTM drivers are in the Top Six of the drivers’ classification after the first four races of the season. Gary is on 71 points, just one point behind championship leader Timo Glock (BMW). In the team championship, Mercedes-AMG Motorsport PETRONAS are in first place with 110 points. With 212 points, Mercedes-AMG lead the constructors’ standings from BMW (164) and Audi (52).
The next race weekend: The DTM will get this year’s first fixture outside of Germany underway in two weeks’ time when drivers line up at the Hungaroring not far from the Hungarian capital, Budapest (1st – 3rd June). Paul Di Resta won the first race last year on Saturday in Hungary.
Gary Paffett : “That was a tough race. It was very hot out there, and the cars were sliding about quite a lot, which made it a far from easy race. Yesterday, I said that we would do our best, and today it was enough to win. We knew that our car was good. After two race weekends, I now have two wins under my belt – that’s an incredible start to the season. After the pit stop, I was happy with the gap I’ d pulled out on the pursuing group, but on the last 15 laps, I had to push hard again to stay ahead of Marco (Wittmann). Thanks to the whole team. It’s been a great day and a well-deserved victory for them.”
Pascal Wehrlein: “It’s working out better and better for me, and I’m really happy today, although I lost out a bit in the race. Gary and Marco (Wittmann) were more consistent and managed the tyres better. This was my first DTM podium since 2015, so the procedures were slightly unfamiliar to me. It is always the case that I am never satisfied if I don’t win. But all that really matters for me is that things are getting better and I’m heading in the right direction.”