The Mercedes- DTM Team started the eighth race weekend of the 2018 DTM season with a podium at the Nürburgring. Gary Paffett (Mercedes-AMG Motorsport PETRONAS) finished the 15th race of the season in third place. With his eighth podium finish of the year, his fourth in the Eifel, Gary reclaimed the lead in the drivers’ standings. By the way, this was the team’s 25th podium finish of this year.
Pascal Wehrlein (Mercedes-AMG Motorsport PETRONAS) crossed the line in seventh place. Lucas Auer (SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG Motorsport) came home in P11 to finish just outside of the points.
Edoardo Mortara (SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG Motorsport), Daniel Juncadella (Mercedes-AMG Motorsport REMUS) and Paul Di Resta (Mercedes-AMG Motorsport REMUS) took P13, P15 and P18 respectively. Towards the middle of the race, Paul had been close to moving into the Top Three, but after successfully overtaking Philipp Eng, the BMW driver made him spin off track and drop to the rear of the field.
As a result, Gary (194 points) retakes the lead in the drivers’ standings. Paul (186 points) is in second place, eight points behind the 2005 champion. Mercedes-AMG Motorsport PETRONAS (292 points) lead the team classification. In the manufacturers’ standings, Mercedes-AMG Motorsport (769 points) are 284 points up on BMW (485 points).
Gary Paffett: “A podium is a good result for me today. My aim is to score as many points as possible in every race. I’m obviously a bit disappointed to have started from the front row and then only finished third. That’s not what I was hoping for. But René (Rast) and BMW were very strong today. We now have to improve and find more pace. Then we can hopefully have a better day tomorrow.”
Source: Mercedes-AMG DTM