DTM: Preview: Rounds 13 and 14 of the season at Oschersleben.
The Mercedes-AMG DTM Team will be contesting races 13 and 14 of the season this weekend (11th-13th September) in Oschersleben. Oschersleben has hosted the DTM since 2000. The 3.696 km circuit varies in width from eleven to thirteen metres and undergoes a change in elevation of 23 metres. There are 15 turns in all: 7 left and 8 right-handers.
Gary Paffett (34, England): “I like coming to Oschersleben. I’ve already been successful there. It’s where I won my first race in German F3 in 2001, so I’ve got some good memories of it. Oschersleben is a tough circuit. It’s quite bumpy with big kerbs and is very hard on car and drivers. It’s also very tight and twisty, so overtaking is also pretty difficult. For that reason, qualifying is going to be very important. However, we had a good pre-season winter test there.
I'm looking forward to the weekend. If we can get the car set up right, we'll have the chance to fight for a win.”
Paul Di Resta (29, Scotland): “It would be nice to have a trouble-free weekend after all the ups and downs of the last races, but generally speaking, I'm looking forward to coming to the place where we reached the turning point for this year's car.
We had a very successful winter test in Oschersleben, and our car has improved a great deal compared to last year ever since then. I'm hoping for a good weekend and am looking forward to getting back in the car.”
Score decent points.
Robert Wickens (26, Canada): “I’ve not been satisfied with my results in the most recent races and am determined to turn the situation around. I hope that everything will change in Oschersleben and that we can score some decent points.”
Christian Vietoris (26, Germany): “I clinched my first DTM victory at Oschersleben last year, so I feel good about heading there. I’m looking forward to the weekend after having a tough time in Moscow. I obviously hope to achieve a similar good result to last year and secure another decent haul of points.
I aim to use Oschersleben to move back up the standings after dropping from fifth to tenth in the championship.”
Daniel Juncadella (24, Spain): “Oschersleben will be keenly contested by all three manufacturers. We did some pre-season testing there, and I’m really looking forward to the weekend. We’ve not been particularly lucky at this track in recent years, but after the tests there, I think we’ll have a strong car.”
Lucas Auer (20, Austria): “I've already driven a DTM car at Oschersleben thanks to the pre-season tests, which is definitely tremendous, as I've already been able to form my first impressions of the circuit. The track is extremely demanding with plenty
of bumps and amazingly fast, technical corners. However, I'm looking forward to the weekend despite the prospect of the forthcoming challenge. I want to continue with my upward trend, and then we'll see where we are at the end of the weekend.”
Maximilian Götz (29, Germany): “Oschersleben is a track that I know well and really like. I won an ADAC GT Masters race there last year. We did a DTM test here before the season, so no one has to start from scratch in Oschersleben, which also applies to me. I found Moscow quite tough. The track is really special and we struggled – especially as the gaps were so tight as well. I expect cars will be tightly bunched at Oschersleben, so I assume it will be a tricky weekend. However, I’m going to be relaxed about the whole thing. Scoring points is still our aim.
We'll certainly need a good setup in free practice and a strong qualifying result in order to achieve that.”
Pascal Wehrlein (20, Germany): “I’m looking forward to Oschersleben after my win in Moscow. Of course, it was important to reduce the gap on Ekström in Russia. We now need to step up our efforts this weekend. I did very well on the track during the winter tests and took best time. Hopefully, I can repeat that on Saturday and Sunday.”
Ulrich Fritz, Head of Mercedes-AMG DTM: “We are now entering the decisive third segment of the season with the races in Oschersleben. Our goal for this weekend is to defend our good standing in the various rankings and to reduce the gap in the drivers’ and manufacturers’ standings if possible. Moscow has shown how the field is now tightly bunched. Everyone on our team is highly motivated and working very hard in order to get the maximum performance from themselves and our cars.
The high level of commitment displayed by the entire team makes me feel positive about the weekend.”