DTM Qualifying: round 9, Zandvoort.

Pascal Wehrlein books grid position seven in penultimate DTM race of the season in Zandvoort.
  • DTM Qualifying: round 9, Zandvoort.

  • Pascal Wehrlein best Mercedes-Benz driver in qualifying at Zandvoort.

    The DTM is guesting at the Circuit Park Zandvoort this weekend for the penultimate race of the 2014 season. Winner of the previous DTM race at the Lausitzring Pascal Wehrlein posted a 1:31.063 minutes to finish the qualifying at the dune circuit in the Netherlands in seventh position. “The result is a bit disappointing,” said Wehrlein. “We had some problems in free practice, so I was rather surprised that I was so fast in Q1 and Q2. We just couldn’t get it together in Q3, but seventh on the grid isn’t too bad when you consider where we were in free practice this morning. After Q2, I had naturally set my sights higher, but I was having difficulty with the tyres in the final sector. We’ll have to find the reason.”

    Gary Paffett qualified in P11 on the grid.

    Gary Paffett posted a time of 1:30.965 minutes to qualify eleventh on the grid. Paffett: “I’m slightly disappointed, but in general, I’m feeling happier than in recent races. We are better than we had expected. The car was really hard to drive this morning in practice, but the team did a great job before qualifying. The C-Coupé was nice to drive and predictable, which it wasn’t this morning, but I made a few small mistakes. The gaps are so very close. One tenth quicker and I’d have been in Q3. So I’m not displeased, but we want more.”

    Not a perfect qualifying for Mercedes-Benz in the Netherlands.

    Paul Di Resta will be in grid position 13 in the penultimate DTM race in Zandvoort. Christian Vietoris finished qualifying in P18. Robert Wickens, Daniel Juncadella and Vitaly Petrov booked grid positions 21 to 23 respectively. Wolfgang Schattling, Head of Motorsport Marketing & Communications:  “It was not a perfect qualifying. Pascal could have achieved much more than seventh position on the grid today. There may have been a technical problem with a wheel nut. He would have been in pole position with his time from Q2. Unfortunately, it did not work out. Now we have to analyse what exactly hindered Pascal. He is really fast and we can expect a lot more from him. The Zandvoort track has not always well suited us. It demands a lot of downforce and is really hard on tyres. But let’s wait and see how the race develops.”

    Not a perfect qualifying for Mercedes-Benz in the Netherlands.

    Paul Di Resta will be in grid position 13 in the penultimate DTM race in Zandvoort. Christian Vietoris finished qualifying in P18. Robert Wickens, Daniel Juncadella and Vitaly Petrov booked grid positions 21 to 23 respectively. Wolfgang Schattling, Head of Motorsport Marketing & Communications:  “It was not a perfect qualifying. Pascal could have achieved much more than seventh position on the grid today. There may have been a technical problem with a wheel nut. He would have been in pole position with his time from Q2. Unfortunately, it did not work out. Now we have to analyse what exactly hindered Pascal. He is really fast and we can expect a lot more from him. The Zandvoort track has not always well suited us. It demands a lot of downforce and is really hard on tyres. But let’s wait and see how the race develops.”