DTM Qualifying: Round 3, Budapest.
Return to Hungary.
The DTM returns to the Hungaroring near Budapest this weekend after a 26-year break. Mercedes-Benz DTM driver Pascal Wehrlein finished qualifying for the third round of the DTM in 16th place with a lap time of 1:37.846 minutes. “Given the circumstances, that was the maximum we were going to get today,” said Wehrlein. “Although the gap to the front-runners is still quite big, I’m not too dissatisfied with my performance and I think that I made the best of the situation. Especially as I’ve been suffering from a cold for the past few days.”
Robert Wickens placed 17th. “That was one of my better qualifying sessions this year, as I went through into Q2 for the first time,” the Canadian said. “Frankly, we ought to have done that in every qualifying this season, but unfortunately, something has always gone wrong, like the technical problem at Hockenheim in between free practice and qualifying. I finally had a trouble-free session here in Budapest, but we know that we still have plenty to do. My lap in Q1 was good, in Q2 though, we didn’t perhaps go about things the right way, but all in all, we have to deal with our situation in a realistic manner and can be satisfied with our work so far this weekend.”
Improvement step by step.
Wolfgang Schattling, Head of DTM Marketing & Communication: “We are not where we want to be, sadly, but we had already expected as much before the weekend. Under normal conditions, we would not have been fast enough to win the last race previously in Oschersleben either.
Christian's victory there came about through the combination of perfect strategy, a strong team performance and the right weather conditions. We cannot yet achieve that level of performance in the dry, but we are working hard to improve our performance step by step.”