DTM Qualifying: round 10, Hockenheim.
Finale of the season.
The DTM is staging the grand finale of its 30th anniversary season this weekend. Pascal Wehrlein (gooix Mercedes AMG C-Coupé / 1:33.483 minutes) will line up in sixth position for the tenth and final round of the 2014 season, which is a home race for Mercedes-Benz. In the final DTM qualifying of the year, Paul Di Resta (DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé / 1:33.468 minutes) booked P10 on the grid. Fellow Mercedes-Benz driver Robert Wickens (FREE MAN’S WORLD Mercedes AMG C-Coupé / 1:33.525 minutes) finished the qualifying in P12. Gary Paffett (EURONICS Mercedes AMG C-Coupé / 1:33.708 minutes) came home in P16. Daniel Juncadella (Petronas Mercedes AMG C-Coupé / 1:33.721 minutes) took P17.
Christian Vietoris (Original-Teile Mercedes AMG C-Coupé / 1:34.066 minutes) and Vitaly Petrov (DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé / 1:34.443 minutes) qualified in P22 and P23 respectively for the final race of the season.
“In the circumstances, P6 is a respectable result for us”, said Pascael. “It’s perhaps not the outcome that we had expected, but we can achieve a lot from this position on the grid. We had some difficulties in free practice, but that’s fairly standard if you’ve brought along new parts and you’ve not had a lot of time to try them out. We’ve improved the car since this morning. We’re expecting a tough race tomorrow, but I’ll be going all out on the attack in this last race of the season.”
Brand new car.
“Congratulations to Audi. They produced a strong team result”, said Toto Wolff, Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport. “Unfortunately, things didn’t go quite so well for us. Pascal’s sixth position on the grid is, of course, not where we want to be. However, today’s qualifying was really close as regards to lap times. We’ve got a brand new car here with lots of new parts. When you drive a new car for the first time, it’s never easy to get everything out of it immediately with little practice time.
Now, we’ll continue to work hard in order to finish the season with a successful result in tomorrow’s race.”