DTM 2017: Nürburgring – Preview

The Mercedes-AMG Motorsport DTM Team are heading to the Eifel with renewed team spirit for Races 13 and 14

  • Mercedes-AMG Motorsport DTM drivers prepared for the final third segment of the season at a fitness camp in Schladming (21st - 25th August)
  • Nürburgring specialist Lucas Auer has posted the fastest time in three of the last four qualifying sessions at the Ring
  • This will be Edoardo Mortara’s second race within a week at the Nürburgring. He placed in the Top Five last weekend in the VLN, driving a Mercedes-AMG GT3
  • Ulrich Fritz: “We are confident that a good weekend lies ahead of us in the Eifel”

Comments on the DTM races at Nürburgring

Lucas Auer (22, Austria):

  • Car number: 22
  • Team: BWT Mercedes-AMG Motorsport
  • Car: BWT Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM

“I’m really looking forward to the Nürburgring where I’ve already enjoyed success in the past. I’ll try to build on that next weekend, but the most important thing is to secure points and attack again in the final sprint to the end of the season.”

Gary Paffett (36, England):

  • Car number: 2
  • Team: Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Mercedes me
  • Car: Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM Mercedes me

“Driving at the Nürburgring is a lot of fun. As a team, we didn’t exactly have the best of weekends at Zandvoort, which is why we’ll try to improve at the Nürburgring. We’re getting close to the end of the season now, so it’s important to secure some good results. Personally, I would like to finish on the podium and maybe take my first win of the year.”

Paul Di Resta (31, Scotland):

  • Car number: 3
  • Team: SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG Motorsport
  • Car: Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM

“As always, I’m looking forward to getting back in the car, especially at the Nürburgring where I really enjoy driving. The season is now entering its decisive phase, and we want to make sure that we get the most out of the weekend as a manufacturer. After a tough weekend at Zandvoort, we’re heading to the Eifel as well prepared as possible and can turn the tide there, hopefully.”

Robert Wickens (28, Canada):

  • Car number: 6
  • Team: Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Mercedes me
  • Car: Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM Mercedes me

“The season is slowly drawing to a close, but unfortunately, it’s not gone quite as we would have wished. Nevertheless, there’s no doubt that the speed was there. My team and I have done a great job, but we kept having bad luck, which is a great pity. We now have to try to break our run of bad luck at the Nürburgring. I’ve trained very hard and the fitness camp was a lot of fun, so I feel as ready as ever to secure some good results.”

Edoardo Mortara (30, Italy):

  • Car number: 48
  • Team: BWT Mercedes-AMG Motorsport
  • Car: BWT Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM

“I can’t wait for the next three race weekends at the Nürburgring, Spielberg and Hockenheim. These should normally be good weekends for me. I’ve won at least once at each of these three circuits. I’ve always been competitive at the Nürburgring. The weather conditions are almost always mixed, which makes it all the more interesting. Hopefully, we’ll have another great weekend this year.”

Maro Engel (31, Germany):

  • Car number: 63
  • Team: SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG Motorsport
  • Car: SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM

“The Nürburgring has become a kind of second home for me in recent years. I’ve contested a lot of races there, and my win in the 24-hour race was a very special experience, for sure, so I’m always keen to return to the Eifel. Of course, I would also really love to race around the Nordschleife in my DTM car, but the grand prix circuit is very special too and provides plenty of exciting racing for fans. We would like to stage our comeback at the Nürburgring after the disappointment at Zandvoort. A damaged tyre cost me a podium in the second race on Sunday, but we’re going to take what’s positive and try to turn it into a good performance this weekend.”

Ulrich Fritz, Head of Mercedes-AMG Motorsport DTM:

“Zandvoort was certainly not the weekend we’d hoped for, so the next two races at the Nürburgring will be all the more important. We’ve always been pretty competitive there in recent years and have Luggi in our ranks, who is a real specialist at the ‘Ring’. He’s posted the fastest lap there in three of the last four qualifying sessions, which you very rarely see in a close-fought championship like the DTM. But we have plenty of other drivers, yes indeed, who have also already enjoyed success at the Nürburgring. We’re confident that a good weekend lies ahead of us in the Eifel.”

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