At the half-way point in the season, Mercedes-AMG Motorsport have just secured five out of the six podium finishes possible in the two DTM races at Zandvoort. Following the success in locking out the podium and securing the top four positions on Saturday, the team achieved two podiums in Sunday’s tenth race of the season. British driver Gary Paffett (Mercedes-AMG Motorsport PETRONAS) followed up his 23rd DTM victory on Saturday with a P2 finish today. This is the sixth time that he’s claimed a podium at Zandvoort and brings his total haul of finishes in the Top Three in the DTM to 44. He took pole position for the second time this weekend, increasing his number of pole positions in the DTM to 15. As a result, a Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM was on pole for the start of the tenth race of the season for the eighth time this year. Also, the team have won at least one race at all five race weekends held so far this year.
Gary’s team-mate, Paul Di Resta (Mercedes-AMG Motorsport REMUS) joined him on the podium for the award ceremony for the second time this weekend. This was the Scottish driver’s 34th podium in the DTM, his third this season and third at Zandvoort. The team increased their total of podiums to 17 this season at the track in the dunes, notching up their 553rd podium in the 30 years that the brand has been contesting the DTM.
All in all, five Mercedes-AMG Motorsport DTM drivers achieved a points-scoring finish in the second race at Zandvoort. Pascal Wehrlein (Mercedes-AMG Motorsport PETRONAS), Edoardo Mortara (SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG Motorsport) and Lucas Auer (SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG Motorsport) rounded off a strong result for the team by finishing sixth, eighth and ninth respectively. Daniel Juncadella (Mercedes-AMG Motorsport REMUS) was twelfth.
Following the tenth race of the twenty in total to be held this season, Gary (148 points) now has a 27-point lead in the drivers’ standings on Paul Di Resta (121 points) in second place. Mercedes-AMG Motorsport (547 points) are in first place in the constructors’ classification with a lead of 189 points on BMW (358 points). Team Mercedes-AMG Motorsport PETRONAS (213 points) and Team SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG Motorsport (186 points) occupy the top two places in the team competition
The next race weekend: Teams and drivers will be heading to Brands Hatch in the UK to get the second half of the 2018 DTM season underway on the weekend of 11th/12th August.
Gary Paffett: “I’m really happy – that was an almost perfect weekend for me. Two pole positions, a win and a second place – you can hardly ask for more. René deserved the win today. He was unlucky yesterday with the safety car and had good pace this weekend. When he was behind me on the grid today, I knew that he was going to be a tough opponent. They took a risk with the early pit stop, but the tyres held up, and it was enough for them. The first half of the season has been incredible. Things have not always gone perfectly for us, but we are leading the championship, and so far, I am mega happy with the performance. I’m really grateful to my team for that. Next up is my home race at Brands Hatch. I’m looking forward to it.”
Paul Di Resta: “It has been a solid weekend. Today, I was blocked in quali and had the slowest time of anybody in sector three. We should have been P2, which would have made my life a bit easier, but we had a very good strategy. That was a great job: two podiums, and we go away very happy. Credit to the guys on my crew and how we handled it. We obviously lost ground on the top of the championship but at least consolidated our second place today. We’re only at the midway point of this championship, and consistency always pays off in the end. In that regard, we are well in contention. I’m ready to carry on the fight at the tracks that are coming up, some of which I really love and where I usually have quite decent results. It’s a nice position to be in going into the summer break.”
Source: Mercedes-AMG DTM