I’m still optimistic about the race.
DTM starts its 30th anniversary season this weekend with a home race for Mercedes-Benz at Hockenheim. 2005 DTM champion Gary Paffett (EURONICS Mercedes AMG C-Coupé)) posted a lap time of 1:32.834 minutes in the second segment of qualifying and will thus start the first race of the season from grid position 15. „Unfortunately, the first qualifying of the season turned out to be a disappointment for me“, said Gary. „We haven’t found the perfect balance for the car yet and the setup still offers plenty of scope for cutting down on our lap times. After the winter tests, it was impossible to know, where we stood in relation to our opponents. Well, today we’ve seen where we are, so now we have to work hard on raising our game as fast as possible. I got as much out of the car as I could, but the DTM is such an evenly matched series
that a deficit of just half a second in Q2 puts you back in P15. It shows what a high-powered series the DTM is. If we can just find a few tenths, we’ll be a lot further forward. So although qualifying was disappointing, I’m still optimistic about the race itself – points are a distinct possibility.“