Robert Wickens achieves at Nürburgring his first DTM victory.

First DTM victory for Robert Wickens.

Robert Wickens achieves at Nürburgring his first DTM victory. Fourth podium for Mercedes Junior Christian Vietoris.
  • First DTM victory for Robert Wickens.

  • Fourth podium for Mercedes Junior Christian Vietoris.

    Maiden DTM victory.

    In difficult weather conditions on Sunday afternoon, Mercedes Junior Robert Wickens won the seventh DTM race of the season at the Nürburgring, watched by 84.000 spectators (over the whole weekend). This is the Canadian’s maiden DTM victory in his second season in the world’s most popular international touring car series. Wickens is the first Mercedes Junior to win a DTM race. It was the third podium finish of the season for the Canadian after securing podiums at Brands Hatch and at the Norisring season highlight.

    Christian Vietoris finished third, making the top three for the fourth time this season.

    Fourth time on podium.

    Mercedes-Benz team-mate Christian Vietoris joined Wickens on the podium. The Mercedes Junior driver finished third, making the top three for the fourth time this season. DTM rookie driver Pascal Wehrlein finished tenth, securing points for the third time in his debut season.

    On lap 42 he posted the fastest lap time of 1:23.835 minutes. Gary Paffett took the chequered flag in P17 after a tough race. Paffett's team-mate Roberto Merhi finished 19th. Daniel Juncadella retired.

    That was a great race.

    Mike Rockenfeller (Audi) leads the drivers’ standings on 106 points. Christian Vietoris (71 points) is second and Robert Wickens (70 points) third. Team STIHL / AMG Mercedes top the team standings on 141 points. Mercedes-Benz is second in the manufacturers’ standings on 229 points behind BMW (251 points). “That was a great race for spectators and the best advert for the DTM,” said Toto Wolff, Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport. “Conditions were very tricky for the drivers at the start of the race and it was extremely difficult to make the right decisions regarding choice of tyres and strategy. We made the correct call with Robert and Christian, but unfortunately not where Gary and Roberto are concerned. But that’s racing. We are a team – we win together and we lose together.”

    Mercedes-Benz is second in the manufacturers' standings.
    Robert Wickens to contest his second season for Mercedes-Benz in DTM.
    Then came the rain and everything got a bit crazy. For a while, I didn't know what position I was in and how fast I was going. But then I was able to overtake the three cars in front of me, which brought me success in the end.”

    It feels absolutely fantastic.

    Robert Wickens, Winner: “It feels absolutely fantastic to have won the race at the Nürburgring. I started from seventh position on the grid and honestly did not really know what to expect.

    It feels absolutely fantastic.

    Robert Wickens, Winner: “It feels absolutely fantastic to have won the race at the Nürburgring. I started from seventh position on the grid and honestly did not really know what to expect.

    Robert Wickens to contest his second season for Mercedes-Benz in DTM.

    Then came the rain and everything got a bit crazy. For a while, I didn't know what position I was in and how fast I was going. But then I was able to overtake the three cars in front of me, which brought me success in the end.”

    Quite a way off the final goal.

    Christian Vietoris, Third place: “We knew we had a great car, and the team has done a fantastic job throughout the weekend. My DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé drove really well both on the dry track and in the wet, so a big ‘Thank you’ to the whole team. There are still three races left and I think if we can continue to secure points consistently, then we will be in the running for the championship. I’m currently in second place, which is, of course, just a snapshot and we’re still quite a way off the final goal.”

    Christian Vietoris is in second place in championship standings.
    DTM rookie driver Pascal Wehrlein finished tenth, securing points for the third time in his debut season.

    I'm very pleased with my performance.

    Pascal Wehrlein, Tenth place: “I'm very pleased with my performance. I was the fastest in the race at times and I was able to overtake quite a few drivers. Unfortunately, there was a bit of contact with Roberto which resulted in a spin.

    While it felt great that I was able to attack again and finish in the points, it's no compensation for what I might've otherwise achieved.”

    Gary Paffett took the chequered flag at Nürburgring in P17.

    Back on offensive at Oschersleben.

    Gary Paffett, 17th place: “Unfortunately, apart from the enormous disappointment I’m feeling, I’m coming away with nothing from the Nürburgring. The whole race was a nightmare, and everything that could go wrong did. The weather threw a huge spanner in the works and completely messed up our whole strategy. I’m glad that we now have a few weeks off and that I can digest what happened in peace. After that, we’ll be back on the offensive again and make the most of the race in Oschersleben.”

    A repeat performance of qualifying.

    Roberto Merhi, 19th place: “Unfortunately, the race was a repeat performance of qualifying

    Roberto Merhi beendete das siebte Rennen der DTM-Saison 2013 auf Position 19.

    Due to the early onset of rain, I was put onto the back foot as regards strategy and had to pit three times. After that, the race was all but over for me.”

    Daniel Juncadella retired during race at Nürburgring.

    Unfortunate contact.

    Daniel Juncadella, retired: “The first few laps were really hard, but things got better after my pit stop. It's a pity, but I then had an unfortunate contact with Timo Glock. I hit him and was subsequently handed a drive-through penalty.

    That, of course, took time and I lost my rhythm. And then to crown it all, I made a mistake and lost the car's rear, bringing my race to an early end.”

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