Mercedes Junior Christian Vietoris secures maiden pole position of his DTM career at Lausitzring.

Maiden DTM pole position for Vietoris.

Mercedes Junior Christian Vietoris secures maiden pole position of his DTM career at Lausitzring.
  • Maiden DTM pole position for Vietoris.

  • Five Mercedes-Benz in Top-10.

    Mercedes-Benz Junior Christian Vietoris will be on pole in the fourth DTM race at the Lausitzring. Vietoris achieved the fastest time of 1:17.715 minutes in the fourth segment of qualifying. This will be his maiden pole in his 26th DTM race and represents the first achieved by a Mercedes-Benz Junior since the Junior Team was reintroduced last year. 

    First pole position for Mercedes-Benz in the DTM season 2013.

    There are no fewer than three Mercedes-Benz drivers on the first two rows of the grid for Sunday's race, with five qualifying in the Top Ten.

    Christian Vietoris drives his 27th DTM race for Mercedes-Benz at the Lausitzring.

    Who starts from the front aims to stay there.

    “We’ve had a difficult start to the season and have taken a lot of criticism in recent weeks”, said Christian. “Today, we answered back in the most emphatic way possible with a strong team performance in qualifying. I personally tried to ratchet it up even further in Q4, and I managed to do that. When you look closely at the recent races, you’ll see that we have consistently been stronger on the Sunday than on the Saturday. Our objective was to get nearer the front of the grid here. Bearing in mind that we just drove with our normal setup, I am expecting us to be strong again tomorrow. Obviously, you never know how the race will develop, especially with the new option tyres, but I’m hoping that we can stay out in front and that I can secure my first ever DTM race win. It won’t be easy, but of course, everyone who starts from the front aims to stay there.”

    Gary Paffett posted the second-fastest time in Q1 plus the fastest laps in the second and third round.

    Everything went as it should.

    Vietoris will have team-mate Gary Paffett alongside him on the front row for the fourth race of the season. The Englishman posted the second-fastest time in Q1 plus the fastest laps in the second and third round. Indeed, his lap time of 1:17.463 minutes in Q3 was the fastest of the entire qualifying session. “My EURONICS Mercedes AMG C-Coupé was really strong today, and everything went as it should. I was definitely in line for pole until, unfortunately, I made a small mistake on Turn Four”, said Gary.

    That makes me feel bad, since the guys in the team did such a great job this weekend. We didn't focus specifically on setting up the car for qualifying despite what the results may suggest. Our preparations always take the same course, that is, we always try to do our best. My car was improving in terms of performance even at Spielberg and a place among the Top 5 on the grid would have been possible but for the problems I encountered. Sometimes it takes a little time to get things sorted, but we're certainly on the right track.”

    The podium is not all that far away.

    Canadian driver Robert Wickens became the third member of the Mercedes squad to make it through to the fourth and final segment of qualifying and will start Sunday’s race from P4 on the grid. “Qualifying turned out very promising for our team”, said Robert. “As for me, I pushed a little too hard on my lap and ran wide in the second sector. In the DTM, you just cannot make a mistake and then expect to still be out in front. Anyways, I’m fourth on the grid and the podium is not all that far away. Plus, my two team-mates Christian and Gary are of in front of me and they will fight fairly, so some points in the race should be possible.”

    Mercedes Junior Robert Wickens will start Sunday's race from P4 on the grid.

    Wehrlein's team-mate Daniel Juncadella in 15th place with a time of 1:18.502 minutes. He also moves up one position on the grid as a result of the penalty given to Farfus.

    Spanish driver Roberto Merhi will start the race at the Lausitzring from ninth position on the grid. Pascal Wehrlein is once again lining up in the colours of VfB Stuttgart for the fourth DTM race of the season at the Lausitzring. The Mercedes Junior secured the eleventh best time of 1:18.225 minutes in Q2 and missed going through to Q3 by six thousandths of a second. He will be in tenth place on the grid after BMW driver Augusto Farfus was handed a penalty. 

    Spanish driver Roberto Merhi will start the race at the Lausitzring from ninth position on the grid. Pascal Wehrlein is once again lining up in the colours of VfB Stuttgart for the fourth DTM race of the season at the Lausitzring. The Mercedes Junior secured the eleventh best time of 1:18.225 minutes in Q2 and missed going through to Q3 by six thousandths of a second. He will be in tenth place on the grid after BMW driver Augusto Farfus was handed a penalty. 

    Wehrlein's team-mate Daniel Juncadella in 15th place with a time of 1:18.502 minutes. He also moves up one position on the grid as a result of the penalty given to Farfus.

    The Lausitzring has traditionally been a circuit where Mercedes-Benz has performed well.

    Traditionally a good circuit for Mercedes-Benz.

    “Three drivers on the first two rows, and Christian Vietoris claiming the first ever pole for one of our Mercedes Juniors: everything went just right, and I'm absolutely delighted that we have had such an excellent all-round result”, said Wolfgang Schattling, Head of DTM Management. “Gerhard Ungar and our whole team have just completed two weeks of intense work. There are two factors that should be taken into account: we have tested extensively at the Lausitzring, and the data we have compiled has come in very useful.

    Secondly, the Lausitzring has traditionally been a circuit where Mercedes-Benz has performed well, and we have registered a considerable number of victories here. So the basic conditions were already there, and when you're really on song, that's when top results like this become achievable. The standard of competition in the DTM is extremely high. Today, we had what it took, but we need to keep our feet firmly planted on the ground. One thing is certain: we are in for a thrilling race tomorrow.”