DTM Qualifying: Round 5, Moscow.
Winner of the previous race at the Norisring in Nuremberg Robert Wickens (FREE MAN’S WORLD Mercedes AMG C-Coupé) posted a time of 1:29.148 minutes in qualifying. The Canadian will be in grid position 14 for the start of the fifth race of the season. “It’s been a rollercoaster weekend for me so far here in Moscow“, said Robert. “I was happy with the car in first practice, then we made some changes for the second session that didn’t work as we’d hoped. We put our heads together to find a solution before qualifying, and the car felt much better after that. Unfortunately, I still didn’t progress further than Q2.
My goal for the race now is to finish in the points. It won’t be easy, but I've started from further back before and still secured points. I’ll give it my best shot.“
15, 18, 20, 21, 22 and 23.
Daniel Juncadella (Petronas Mercedes AMG C-Coupé / 1:29.231 minutes) and Paul Di Resta (DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé / 1:29.509 minutes) will commence the race from positions 15 and 18 respectively. Mercedes junior Pascal Wehrlein (gooix Mercedes AMG C-Coupé / 1:29.836 minutes), Gary Paffett (EURONICS Mercedes AMG C-Coupé / 1:29.925 minutes), Christian Vietoris (Original-Teile Mercedes AMG C-Coupé / 1:30.031 minutes) and Vitaly Petrov (DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé / 1:30.443 minutes) qualified in grid positions 20 to 23 respectively.
We will now continue undeterred to work hard.
“It’s great to be back in Russia contesting a race. The DTM found a new home on its debut here last year”, said Wolfgang Schattling, Head of DTM Marketing & Communication. “Unfortunately, qualifying did not go as well for us as it did recently on our victory at the Norisring. However, we were not too surprised. We know that we have to keep on doing better at tracks like these so that we can live up to our expectations, but improvements in such a hotly contested series as the DTM are impossible to bring about in an instant.
We will now continue undeterred to work hard to prepare the cars for tomorrow’s race and go on improving our performance for the future.”