ROBERT WICKENS KICKS OFF THE MOTORSPORT FESTIVAL AT THE LAUSITZRING WITH A PODIUM

 

Both Pink Panthers in the points: Lucas Auer and Christian Vietoris secure points in home race of Mercedes-AMG DTM Team Mücke

  • Eighth podium finish in the DTM for Robert Wickens (SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) with P3
  • Three Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTMs in the Top 7: Christian Vietoris and Lucas Auer (both BWT Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) come home fifth and seventh respectively in their team's home race
  • Robert Wickens: “Third place is a good result and good for the championship too. We earned this podium today.”

The Mercedes-AMG DTM Team kicked off the third race weekend of the DTM season with a podium finish: Robert Wickens (SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) booked third place in the fifth race of the season at the Lausitzring. This was the Canadian's eighth podium finish of his DTM career. Wickens is now level on points (43 points) with his Mercedes AMG DTM team-mate Paul Di Resta (Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) after five races this season. They are both only four points behind overall championship leader, Marco Wittmann (BMW).

The two Pink Panthers in the BWT Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTMs also achieved a decent result: Placing fifth and seventh respectively, Christian Vietoris and Lucas Auer achieved a points-scoring finish in the home race of their Mercedes-AMG DTM Team Mücke.

The Scot Paul Di Resta finished the race in 13th place ahead of fellow Mercedes-AMG DTM driver Gary Paffett (EURONICS Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM). Maximilian Götz (Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) took the chequered flag in 16th place. Daniel Juncadella (UBFS invest Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) finished the fifth race of the season in P18, while DTM rookie Esteban Ocon (FREE MEN'S WORLD Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) was 23rd.

Looking ahead to race 2: The sixth race of the 2016 DTM season will start on Sunday at 15:13 (live on ARD at 15:00). The third free practice session will be staged at 09:00 and the second qualifying session at 11:30 (live on EinsFestival at 11:25). The Mercedes-AMG DTM Race Hub at mercedes.me/racehubdtm, featuring live timing data, live commentary, fan voting and exclusive video clips hosted by Thore Schölermann will give an insight into what’s happening behind the scenes at the Mercedes-AMG DTM Team during each race weekend.

Comments after the race

Robert Wickens (27, Canada):

  • P3
  • Car number: 6
  • Team: SILBERPFEIL Energy / UBFS invest Mercedes-AMG (Mercedes-AMG DTM Team HWA)
  • Car: SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM

“That was a nice race. I made a good start and moved up into third place. I then chased the two Audis, but unfortunately, it didn't work out. However, third place is a good result and good too towards the championship. We earned this podium today. The track reminds me a little of those in North America. There are a lot of bumps, which requires a completely different driving style. We are strong here, but Audi were a little bit better today. We'll get another chance tomorrow when I would like to secure as many points as possible again.”

Christian Vietoris (27, Germany):

  • P5
  • Car number: 8
  • Team: BWT Mercedes-AMG (Mercedes-AMG DTM Team Mücke)
  • Car: BWT Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM

“That was a tough race. I lost my power steering towards the middle of the race and am now really fatigued. It's extremely difficult to make correcting movements when you have to battle with the power steering. I'm pleased that I could finish the race and still secure some decent points. Our car was fast today and good enough to attack the front-runners. However keeping the car on track in the fast Turn 7 was tough without power steering. I lost a lot of time there. So, more would have been possible, but under the circumstances, I'm satisfied with fifth place.”

Lucas Auer (21, Austria):

  • P7
  • Car number: 22
  • Team: BWT Mercedes-AMG (Mercedes-AMG DTM Team Mücke)
  • Car: BWT Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM

“We chose to start on used tyres, which made it a little bit more difficult for me today. I had a good scrap with Marco Wittmann, but I had no DRS left in the end. That's why I let Christian through, so that he could have a crack at overtaking him (Wittmann). Overall, I'm satisfied with my first points of the season.”

Paul Di Resta (30, Scotland):

  • P13
  • Car number: 3
  • Team: Mercedes-AMG (Mercedes-AMG DTM Team HWA)
  • Car: Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM

“Sadly, that wasn't a very exciting day for me. The car was very difficult to drive in qualifying. We'll have to look at that more closely. I fought my way up from 21st on the grid to 13th in the race. I overtook a lot of cars, but we'll have to qualify further up front if we're going to secure points.”

Gary Paffett (35, England):

  • P14
  • Car number: 2
  • Team: EURONICS / FREE MEN'S WORLD Mercedes-AMG (Mercedes-AMG DTM Team ART)
  • Car: EURONICS Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM

“Starting from outside of the Top 10 made things tough from the beginning, but I made a good start and moved up a couple of positions. Tambay came through on the inside towards the end of the first lap in Turn 8 and simply forced me off the track into the gravel at the exit from the corner. That cost me six or seven positions. I could then still manage to battle my way forward a bit after that, but when you lose so much time, it's impossible to make up for it. That was very disappointing.”

Maximilian Götz (30, Germany):

  • P16
  • Car number: 84
  • Team: Mercedes-AMG (Mercedes-AMG DTM Team HWA)
  • Car: Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM

“I got off to a good start, staying clear of trouble. It's a shame that I had a grid penalty. Much more would have been possible, starting from 15th on the grid, perhaps even the Top Ten. My speed was good, and I was able to attack. Unfortunately, I made a mistake in the first turn and lost two places. After that, though, I managed to fight back to 16th. However, the qualifying is the key. We'll have to start further up the field tomorrow, and then make sure that we hit back hard in the second race.”

Daniel Juncadella (25, Spain):

  • P18
  • Car number: 12
  • Team: SILBERPFEIL Energy / UBFS invest Mercedes-AMG (Mercedes-AMG DTM Team HWA)
  • Car: UBFS invest Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM

“Not a particularly good day, unfortunately. There's not much more to say after that. I didn't have the necessary pace in either qualifying or the race. We've got to analyse the data this evening, as I was always very good at the Lausitzring. Overall, it was far from ideal today. We just weren't competitive enough.”

Esteban Ocon (19, France):

  • P23
  • Car number: 34
  • Team: EURONICS / FREE MEN'S WORLD Mercedes-AMG (Mercedes-AMG DTM Team ART)
  • Car: FREE MEN'S WORLD Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM

“I had a tough first lap, on which I lost a lot of positions. After that, the car was struck from all sides. I was behind Tomczyk and tried to overtake him in Turn 6. I made contact with him as I tried to pass, for which I received a drive-through penalty. However, I was able to finish the race despite the damage to the car. We gained some useful data for tomorrow.”

Ulrich Fritz, Head of Mercedes-AMG DTM:

“That was a good race. We managed to get three cars in the Top 7 and secure a podium finish as well. We can be satisfied with today's result.”

Race results: Top Ten

Pos

Driver

Manufacturer

Time

1

Miguel Molina

Audi

42:04.244

2

Jamie Green

Audi

+02.034

3

Robert Wickens

Mercedes-AMG

+04.175

4

Marco Wittmann

BMW

+08.724

5

Christian Vietoris

Mercedes-AMG

+09.759

6

Mattias Ekström

Audi

+10.398

7

Lucas Auer

Mercedes-AMG

+10.794

8

Edoardo Mortara

Audi

+14.437

9

Maxime Martin

BMW

+17.808

10

Nico Müller

Audi

+18.414

Drivers‘ Championship

Pos

Driver

Manufacturer

Points

1

Marco Wittmann

BMW

47

(...)

 

 

 

3

Paul Di Resta

Mercedes-AMG

43

4

Robert Wickens

Mercedes-AMG

43

(...)

 

 

 

13

Christian Vietoris

Mercedes-AMG

20

14

Gary Paffett

Mercedes-AMG

12

(...)

 

 

 

17

Lucas Auer

Mercedes-AMG

6

(...)

 

 

 

22

Daniel Juncadella

Mercedes-AMG

0

23

Esteban Ocon

Mercedes-AMG

0

24

Maximilian Götz

Mercedes-AMG

0

Manufacturers‘ Championship

Pos

Manufacturer

Points

1

BMW

217

2

Audi

164

3

Mercedes-AMG

124

Teams‘ Championship

Pos

Team

Points

1

BMW Team RMG

84

(...)

 

 

5

Mercedes-AMG

43

6

SILBERPFEIL Energy/UBFS invest Mercedes-AMG

43

(...)

 

 

9

BWT Mercedes-AMG

26

(...)

 

 

11

EURONICS/FREE MEN’S WORLD Mercedes-AMG

12

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