Mercedes-AMG Motorsport went through the whole gamut of emotions as they got the penultimate race weekend of the 2018 DTM season underway at Spielberg. To begin with, Daniel Juncadella (Mercedes-AMG Motorsport REMUS) secured his third DTM pole in qualifying and was first across the finish line in an exciting race that took place on a drying track. Daniel had led the race for a long time but received a drive-through penalty for transgressing the regs during the re-start shortly before the end of the race. That penalty was subsequently converted into a 30-second time penalty. As a result, he was bumped back down the field into 14th place.
His team-mate Paul Di Resta (Mercedes-AMG Motorsport REMUS) ended the race in fourth place to reclaim the lead in the drivers’ standings. Paul has a nine-point lead on his fellow Mercedes-AMG Motorsport DTM driver, Gary Paffett (Mercedes-AMG Motorsport PETRONAS), after 17 out of 20 races so far this season.
Lucas Auer (SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG Motorsport) finished his home fixture at Spielberg in P6. His team-mate Edoardo Mortara (SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG Motorsport) came home in ninth place but also received a drive-through penalty after the race had ended. His penalty was also subsequently converted into a 30-second penalty, dropping him down into 16th place.
Gary Paffett fell back to the rear of the field after a chaotic opening lap and a contact with Bruno Spengler (BMW) to cross the line in tenth place. Sébastien Ogier (Mercedes-AMG Motorsport REMUS) finished 12th ahead of Pascal Wehrlein (Mercedes-AMG Motorsport PETRONAS) as he made his DTM debut.
Apart from leading the drivers’ standings, Mercedes-AMG Motorsport still head the team and constructors’ rankings in the DTM. Team Mercedes-AMG Motorsport PETRONAS (307 points) are in first place with a lead of 30 points on Mercedes-AMG Motorsport REMUS (277 points). In the constructors’ classification, Mercedes-AMG (825 points) have a 280-point lead on BMW (545 points).
Paul Di Resta:“There was a lot of confusion today on the drying track, but it was obvious that it would be a tough race. At one point, it looked worse than it actually was. Towards the end, I was in a good position for the re-start but got caught out by a slow start, which, unfortunately, also cost Dani the win. The change of position at the end, unfortunately, had a bigger influence than we would have liked. Still, tomorrow is a new day, and there’s no reason to be too disappointed with fourth place.”
Source: Mercedes-AMG DTM