DTM: Podium for Mercedes Junior Vietoris.
That race was huge fun.
Christian Vietoris ended the race in third position. “That race was huge fun. The introduction of DRS and option tyres has given us drivers a lot more to do out on track, which makes it all the more interesting,” said Christian. “Because of all the different tyre strategies, it was difficult to know what your real position was. I lost some ground early on, but thanks to our excellent pit stops and a faultless drive, I was able to claw my way back and finish on the podium for the first time in my career. I’ll be delighted if the season carries on this way.”
Gary Paffett finished the first race of the season in fourth position. “Christian had the better tyres and the better strategy towards the end of the race, so congratulations to him on his first DTM podium,” said Gary.
“The two different tyre compounds and the use of DRS made for an exciting race. Unfortunately, there were some moves out on track that weren't totally acceptable. Fourth place is OK, but I know I was capable of a better result.”
First Point for Merhi.
In the manufacturers’ standings Mercedes-Benz is second with 28 points. Roberto Merhi began his second season by securing tenth place.
“I moved up the field a number of places at the start, but there was a problem with the tyres on my pit stop, which is why I had to come in twice in a row and had to stop three times altogether,” said Roberto. “Placed tenth, I've secured my first championship point in the DTM - I can build on that in the next few races.”
Our Mercedes Juniors deserve special praise.
Mercedes-Benz Executive Director Toto Wolff concluded the DTM season opener at Hockenheim: “At the midway stage, the situation was looking very promising for us, but towards the end, the performance fell away for some of our cars on the hard tyres, which came as a bit of a surprise for us. Our Mercedes Juniors deserve special praise: they were brilliant in the race and have been faultless in every aspect this weekend. Christian put in a great performance to claim his maiden DTM podium, and our rookie Pascal has now had his first experience of leading the race over several laps.”