TALES FROM THE PADDOCK: FORMULA 1, DTM AND AMG CUSTOMER SPORTS

 

The Mercedes-AMG DTM Team has already had its race weekend in Spielberg; now it’s the turn of the Silver Arrows to compete in Austria – but only after a brief stopover at Hockenheim

  • This is what happened: Weekend’s results & facts
  • News from the Mercedes-AMG motorsport teams
  • Three questions for Christian Vietoris
  • Social media news: What’s new online?
  • This week’s important dates and events

What happened: Results & facts

  • DTM: Paul Di Resta’s third place in Race 1 is the 50th points finish of his DTM career
  • VLN: Sebastian Asch and Kenneth Heyer in a Mercedes-AMG GT3 come second on the Nürburgring Nordschleife.

News snippets

Birthday surprise: Over the past 90 years, the German Grand Prix has seen a lot of action, excitement and surprises. Nico Rosberg, Nico Hülkenberg and Pascal Wehrlein have enjoyed quite a few of them, either in the cockpit or as a fan watching on TV or from the stands. In the context of the official media day, they have now experienced that history first hand for themselves – at the wheel of three legendary Formula 1 cars. Rosberg was invited to drive the McLaren Mercedes in which his childhood idol Mika Häkkinen won the world championship. Hülkenberg took a seat in a historic W 25 Silver Arrow, while Wehrlein was allocated the world championship-winning car of 1954/55 – the famous W 196. For Rosberg, the outing in Häkkinen’s car was a way of celebrating his 31st birthday the day before. Wehrlein, himself a big fan of the ‘Flying Finn’ sensed an opportunity: “Hmm, I have a birthday coming up soon...”

Celebrities at the Norisring: The DTM race weekend in Nuremburg is generally considered to be the highlight of the season, and the celebrity count is correspondingly high. This year’s guest list included television presenter Thore Schölermann, girlfriend and actress Jana Kilka, RTL TV commentator Heiko Wasser and Formula 1 safety car driver Bernd Mayländer. Three others were taken on a lap of the circuit in a race taxi: model and presenter Rebecca Mir, husband and professional dancer Massimo Sinato and actor Bruno Eyron shared that special racing car cockpit experience at the Norisring.

Successes for AMG Customer Sports Programme: Daniele Perfetti has claimed two victories for the AMG Customer Sports Team AKKA ASP in the Blancpain GT Sports Club at Circuit Paul Ricard in southern France. Daniel Vogt (HP Racing) completed a successful weekend at Le Castellet with a second-place finish. Meanwhile, the ZAKSPEED/MANN-FILTER team braved adverse weather conditions at the Nürburgring to clinch their first podium, with Sebastian Asch and Kenneth Heyer taking the runner-up spot in the VLN Endurance Championship. Furthermore, Frank Montecalvo (DIME Racing) won his class in the Pirelli World Challenge at the Road America Circuit.

Three questions for Christian Vietoris

Chris, a few days have passed since the infamous race weekend at the Norisring. Now that the dust has settled a bit, how do you feel about Ekström’s antics?

Christian Vietoris: “Quite honestly, still the same. What Eki did there just isn’t on. I had some time in the last few days to read in full the reports featuring his comments about the incident. I sincerely hope that he doesn’t really believe all the things he has said. Otherwise, it’s going to be dangerous in the next few races for all the other 23 drivers on the track, because apparently he doesn’t know how his DTM car works.”

How long do you think this incident will keep you preoccupied?

Christian Vietoris: “For me, the matter is now closed, but it’s not really something you can simply forget. For Robert, the whole thing must feel rather like déjà vu. Last year, he got pushed by another Audi driver into a Mercedes ahead of him. But I agree with Pascal Wehrlein. After Spielberg, he said that karma has a way of balancing the scales. And ultimately he was right, because we ended up as champions. Maybe this year will turn out the same way.”

You’re currently at the training camp near Schladming. How do you rate the importance of these fitness weeks?

Christian Vietoris: “It’s just nice to spend a week training with the guys. The bond between us at Mercedes is superb. Obviously, we’re in Austria to work on our fitness and to do a lot of tests, but spending time with the other drivers is equally important.”

Social Media News

Goodwood Festival of Speed: Special mission for Nico Rosberg and Pascal Wehrlein. Last weekend, Lord March staged the 23rd Goodwood Festival of Speed on his West Sussex estate. Nico and Pascal were pleased to accept the invitation to zoom up the hill in a Formula 1 Silver Arrow and to perform donuts for the enthusiastic fans.

Watch video clip: www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXtOxbDJMgA

Silver Arrow Show: This week’s edition of the Silver Arrow Show takes another look behind the scenes at the team factory. This time, Andy Cowell explains the meaning of the term ‘ de-rating’, i.e. cutting out the MGU-K. In addition, Sporting Director Ron Meadows tells us about radio communications between pit wall and drivers. And then there is also some real racing – namely the soap box derby in Brackley...

Watch video clip: www.youtube.com/watch?v=f--5eXsrnlY

#BeastoftheGreenHell: Lewis Hamilton and Tobias Moers launched the new Mercedes-AMG GT R. The venue for the world premiere could not have been better chosen: Lewis unleashed the ‘Beast from the Green Hell’ for the first time on the legendary British race track at Brooklands. The new Mercedes-AMG GT R is the most powerful member of the successful V8 supercar family. ‘Green Hell’ is the nickname given by Sir Jackie Stewart to the birthplace of the AMG GT R – the Nürburgring Nordschleife, where the new top model of the GT family was extensively tested.

Watch video clip: www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpQPXoVwyv0

Soapbox Derby: The European Grand Prix in Baku was not the only race in which the Silver Arrows team had a stake. While Nico Rosberg was scoring a historic first victory in the first Grand Prix in Azerbaijan, a group of apprentices were lining up in the annual soapbox race in Brackley. Runner-up was trainee Amber in her home-built, aerodynamic Silver Arrow.

Watch video clip: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZrvL61JsKLg

Vive La Mannschaft: This was one date in his diary that Maximilian Götz had been really looking forward to. Before the start of the Euro 2016 football championship in France, he showed national squad member Mesut Özil the tools of his trade, namely the Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM. “This looks brilliant,” said Özil enthusiastically. “The ‘Vive La Mannschaft’ slogan on the car also makes it unique,” said Götz proudly. Next, a cockpit inspection: the left-footed player eased his right foot in, sank back into the seat and put his hands on the wheel of the number 84 car. The Arsenal man was favourably impressed: “I’d like to go for a ride in this!”

Watch video clip: www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDkgXR3GqiE

Upcoming events & dates

Date

Event

Thursday 30/06/2016

Formula 1: Austrian Grand Prix 2016 – Media Day

Friday 01/07/2016

Formula 1: Austrian Grand Prix 2016 – FP1/FP2

Saturday 02/07/2016

Formula 1: Austrian Grand Prix 2016 – FP3/Qualifying

 

Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup - Nürburgring

Qualifying Race

Sunday 03/07/2016

Formula 1: Austrian Grand Prix 2016 - Race

Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup - Nürburgring Main Race

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