DTM: Oschersleben - Race 1.
Lead in the DTM standings.
The Oschersleben circuit is hosting the DTM this weekend for Races 13 and 14. Mercedes-AMG DTM driver Pascal Wehrlein (gooix Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) finished the first race at Oschersleben in fifth place and so, the 20-year-old reclaimed the lead in the DTM standings. He is now on 130 points and is four points up on Sweden’s Mattias Ekström (Audi). Team gooix/Original-Teile Mercedes-AMG also lead the DTM team standings by 31 points. Wehrlein’s fellow Mercedes-AMG DTM driver Daniel Juncadella crossed the line in tenth place at the end of the 40-minute race on Saturday. The Spaniard achieved a points-scoring finish for the sixth time this DTM season. Scottish driver Paul Di Resta (Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) booked P13. Lucas Auer (BWT Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM), Maximilian Götz (Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) and Christian Vietoris (Original-Teile Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) finished 15th, 16th and 18th respectively.
The race was interrupted by two safety car deployments right at the start. Robert Wickens (SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) and Gary Paffett (EURONICS Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) both retired following contacts with other vehicles.
Pascal Wehrlein, P5: “Considerably more would have been possible for us today. Unfortunately, my power steering failed quite early on in the race, just as I was putting pressure on Farfus. Most other drivers would give up in that situation, but I wanted to finish the race. Fifth place was damage limitation for me in the championship rankings which I now lead once again. It’s a good result in the circumstances, however, I could’ve done better but for the issues. It’s a pity.”
Pleased with the result.
Daniel Juncadella, P10: “I‘m quite pleased with the result which is okay after starting from 14th on the grid. It's always nice to finish in the points – even if it’s only a single point.
The race went quite smoothly for me. The start and first lap were good. My goal was always to score points, and that’s exactly what I’ve done.”
Paul Di Resta, P13: “There was a collision in the midfield which involved me on the outside to some extent and caused me a lot of front-end damage. Qualifying further up the field is the key to avoiding that sort of stuff. Hopefully, we’ll have the car in which to do that tomorrow.”
Lucas Auer, P15: “I had to start from the rear of the field after being given a penalty. I was able to gain a few places
in the course of the race, which wasn’t so bad. We must now work hard to make tomorrow better, but I feel very confident.”
Maximilian Götz, P16: “An action-packed race, especially at the start. I got stuck behind Mattias Ekström after the restart. I was close behind him and tried everything to get past. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out. I had a lot of understeer, which hadn’t been the case prior to this weekend. I then made a small mistake behind Ekström, allowing Lucas to get past me. Now, I hope that I can achieve a better result in the second qualifying tomorrow, and then there’ll definitely be more in it for us.
The guys are doing a great job, so obviously, I’d like to give something back.”
Christian Vietoris, P18: “That was a tough race. I had to avoid two drivers who had spun in the first turn. I had to drive well over to the outside and was then last. I tried to move further forwards, but overtaking is tricky at this track.”
Problem with the steering.
Gary Paffett, retired: “It was very close on the first lap. I was hemmed in by Mortara and lost some aerodynamic parts through contacts with other vehicles. After that, I struggled with my car and got a problem with the steering a few laps later.
Still, most of the damage is superficial, just bodywork bits, so, we should be able to attack again tomorrow.”
Robert Wickens, retired: “I had a strong start and overtook a whole line of cars in front of me. I was committed to the inside, going down into Turn 1. Rockenfeller moved position in the middle of the braking zone. I had to go really tight on the inside to avoid him and ran into some cars in front. It was just a nightmare.”
Ulrich Fritz, Head of Mercedes-AMG DTM: “This obviously wasn’t the race we’d hoped for before the weekend. It was clear that BMW would be strong because of the weight distribution, but more would certainly have been possible given the pace of our cars. Unfortunately, we lost a car right at the start with Robert Wickens. Gary Paffett’s car was also badly damaged in this incident, forcing him to retire. What was positive today, though, is that Pascal Wehrlein fought his way back to lead the championship. It was, for sure, a great achievement to defend his position for such a long time with little or no power steering. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to attack the cars in front of him because of the problem.
Our team is now working hard to get the cars back into tip-top shape for tomorrow; hopefully, we can achieve a better result on race Sunday.”