Robert Wickens moved up ten positions on the grid to finish on the podium for the first time at Brands Hatch.

DTM: First podium for Mercedes Junior Wickens.

Robert Wickens moved up ten positions on the grid to finish on the podium for the first time at Brands Hatch.
  • DTM: First podium for Mercedes Junior Wickens.

  • DTM: First podium for Mercedes Junior Wickens.

    The middle stint went perfectly for me.

    Robert Wickens finished third in the second race of the season at the historic Brands Hatch circuit in Kent. The Mercedes-Benz Junior Team member thus claimed his maiden podium after contesting 13 races in the world’s most popular touring car series. Over the course of the 98 race laps, the Canadian advanced ten places up the field after starting from 13th on the grid. He moved up from fourth to third in a dramatic final twist after fellow Mercedes-Benz driver Gary Paffett was hit with a late penalty. “This is my first podium in the DTM and, what’s more, it comes after starting from 13th on the grid at Brands Hatch where overtaking is notoriously difficult. I certainly wasn’t counting on that before the race. My target was just to finish in the points,” said Robert. “I was pleasantly surprised by my race pace and I was even able to go past drivers on options when I was on primes. The middle stint went perfectly for me. I had two excellent pit stops and was able to control my part of the race right through to the end.”

    Penalty for Paffett.

    Gary Paffett, competing in his home race, took the chequered flag in third position but was subsequently handed a five-second time penalty for having exceeded the speed limit in a sector where the yellow flags were out for the removal of Augusto Farfus’s car from the track. 

    After a five-second time penalty Gary Paffett fell back to sixth.

    Paffett not only had to yield his podium spot to Wickens but also fell back to sixth. “I just don't understand this penalty,” said Gary. “I came off the accelerator when the yellow flags were out, but how am I expected to lose half a second inside ten seconds? I hope that the points we lost today because of this penalty don't make all the difference at the end of the season.”

    Gary Paffett, competing in his home race, took the chequered flag in third position but was subsequently handed a five-second time penalty for having exceeded the speed limit in a sector where the yellow flags were out for the removal of Augusto Farfus's car from the track. Paffett not only had to yield his podium spot to Wickens but also fell back to sixth. “I just don't understand this penalty,” said Gary. “I came off the accelerator when the yellow flags were out, but how am I expected to lose half a second inside ten seconds? I hope that the points we lost today because of this penalty don't make all the difference at the end of the season.”

    Vietoris scored points.

    After finishing third in the opening race at Hockenheim, Christian Vietoris placed eighth to finish in the points for the second time this season. DTM rookie Pascal Wehrlein in tenth position secured his first point in the DTM in his second DTM race. Mercedes-Juniors Roberto Merhi and Daniel Juncadella came home in positions 16 and 20 respectively. “Eighth place is not the result I had hoped for”, said Christian.

    “I had expected more from the race weekend at Brands Hatch after my podium in Hockenheim. My car was really good, and more would have been possible but for a mistake in qualifying. Unfortunately, Brands Hatch is not a circuit where overtaking is easy, but the bottom line is that I made the best of the situation and even secured some points.”

    In his second DTM race Pascal Wehrlein got his first point.

    Gary powered through from eleventh on the grid, and once again our juniors demonstrated their talent, in particular Robert Wickens who claimed his first ever DTM podium with a fantastic performance. But credit also to Pascal Wehrlein who scored his first point and to Christian Vietoris who drove an excellent race.”

    A minor miracle has taken place.

    Mercedes-Benz Executive Director Toto Wolff concluded the second race of the DTM season at Brands Hatch: “Overnight, it’s as if a minor miracle has taken place – Sunday certainly turned out better for us than Saturday. After the disappointment of qualifying on Saturday, I am satisfied with having four of our cars finish in the Top Ten. 

    A minor miracle has taken place.

    Mercedes-Benz Executive Director Toto Wolff concluded the second race of the DTM season at Brands Hatch: “Overnight, it’s as if a minor miracle has taken place – Sunday certainly turned out better for us than Saturday. After the disappointment of qualifying on Saturday, I am satisfied with having four of our cars finish in the Top Ten. 

    In his second DTM race Pascal Wehrlein got his first point.

    Gary powered through from eleventh on the grid, and once again our juniors demonstrated their talent, in particular Robert Wickens who claimed his first ever DTM podium with a fantastic performance. But credit also to Pascal Wehrlein who scored his first point and to Christian Vietoris who drove an excellent race.”

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