DTM-Preview: Sixth race of the season in Spielberg.
Get the best out of it.
Christian Vietoris secured seventh place last year in Spielberg: “A very different track layout awaits us in Spielberg compared to last time out in Moscow. There are far fewer turns, but some longish straights. The track is really great in my opinion. It’s a bit of a roller coaster and the many fast turns demand a lot from the driver. We will approach the race weekend with the necessary caution. In Spielberg too, it will be important for us to set the car up properly in practice in order to optimise the package and then get the best out of it.”
Robert Wickens qualified in the Top Ten in Spielberg in 2013: “Spielberg is a brilliant, unique circuit. I’m already looking forward to driving there. The spectators are always really passionate. It’s a real season highlight for me. Certainly, we’re not having an easy time at the moment at any of the
circuits. As a team, we’ve already shown at other tracks that nothing is impossible. We know that we are not as quick as we would like to be, but we won’t give up and will continue to work on improvements at full throttle.”
Pascal Wehrlein finished in the Top Ten in his first DTM race in Spielberg: “We will be commencing the second half of the season next weekend in Spielberg. I finished in the points at the Norisring and in Moscow after a tough start to the season and would love to carry on this run of results in Austria, for sure. However, we must be realistic and wait and see how competitive we are at this circuit.
At any rate, I’ve got fond memories of Spielberg where I achieved podiums in both the Formel ADAC and in the Formula 3 Euro Series; last year, I managed a Top Ten finish there.”
I’m racing for the first time this weekend in Spielberg.
Paul Di Resta is lining up for the first time in Spielberg: “I’m racing for the first time this weekend in Spielberg. I’ve first got to familiarise myself with the track as was the case in the last race in Moscow, which I’m looking forward to doing. The track is very much an ‘old school’ circuit. Achieving a high level of efficiency counts for a lot in view of the long straights and hard braking zones, but we’re travelling to Spielberg with an open mind and will wait and see how we perform in practice. Our goal is to continue to work hard, do our best and learn as much as possible.”
Gary Paffett finished third in the 2012 DTM fixture: “Spielberg is a great circuit. The track is fairly short and doesn’t have many turns. It is, of course, important to have a high top speed in view of the three long straights.
I think that Spielberg suits our car more than some of the other tracks with its long straights and hard braking areas. I’m looking forward to the race. Our aim has to be to secure points and to try to understand the car better.”
I really like the track.
Daniel Juncadella won two races in the Formula 3 Euro Series in Spielberg: “This year will be the second time that I’ve raced in the DTM at Spielberg. Finding a good aerodynamic balance is extremely important at this track. There are plenty of fast turns, a number of straights and a hairpin in Turn 2. I’ve won twice at Spielberg in the Formula 3 Euro Series on my way up into the DTM, so I really like the track.
Unfortunately, I was unable to show my pace in the race in Moscow. Now we’ll have to make the best of our car’s potential this weekend.”
We’ll go on fighting.
Vitaly Petrov is racing for the first time in Spielberg: “Spielberg is another circuit that I’m not familiar with, so I’ll first have to get accustomed to the track during practice and get prepared for it. It won’t be an easy weekend for us, as was also the case last time out in Russia. However, we won’t let that dampen our spirits. We’ll go on fighting and have another go in Spielberg at extracting the maximum from the car.”
Ups and downs.
Toto Wolff, Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport: “We’re returning with the DTM to Austria next weekend after Formula 1’s recent fantastic return to Spielberg. I always look forward to race weekends in my home country. We’ve got a tough task ahead of us this year in Spielberg. We have to be realistic about expectations, as was the case in the previous races this season, and try to get the maximum possible. We’ll just have to see what the end effect of our efforts is and what final positions we can manage. Christian and Pascal finished in the Top Eight in the last race in Moscow, which was quite a decent result for that type of track. We experienced many ups and downs during the first half of the season.
We know that our performance does not meet our expectations in all conditions and at every circuit, and for that reason, we will continue to work hard in order to improve during the second half of the season.”