Robert Wickens secured his second pole position at the Norisring.

Pole Position for Robert Wickens.

Robert Wickens secures his second pole position at the Norisring. Five DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupés in the Top Six in qualifying.
  • Pole Position for Robert Wickens.

  • Robert Wickens secures his second pole position at the Norisring. Five DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupés in the Top Six in qualifying.

    Five Mercedes-Benz drivers qualified in the Top Six.

    Canadian Robert Wickens will line up in pole position for the second consecutive time at the Norisring for the DTM season highlight in Nuremberg. Just like last year, Wickens secured the best starting position in qualifying for the 83-lap race at the Dutzendteich street circuit. For Mercedes-Benz, it was the 16th pole position on the streets of Nuremberg. Overall, five Mercedes-Benz drivers qualified in the Top Six on the grid. “My second pole position, and once again it’s at the Norisring. It would make a nice change to be starting from P1 on another track! But joking aside, it really is a fantastic feeling,” said Wickens. “I had been expecting us to be stronger here, but I’ve been surprised just how strong we actually are. Now we need to make maximum use of our excellent form this weekend and rack up as many points as we can. In motor racing, anything can happen.”

    A pleasant reward for all the hard work.

    Fellow Mercedes-Benz driver Paul Di Resta will line up next to Wickens on the front row. The 2010 DTM champion posted a time of 47.976 seconds on his return to the Norisring, just 0.093 seconds off the pole-sitter’s time. Apart from Wickens and Di Resta, only one other DTM driver managed to crack 48 seconds. “It’s great to be back on the front row,” said Di Resta. “We can now see some light at the end of the tunnel, although in the run-up to the weekend, we hadn’t been expecting all that much. We’re obviously very satisfied with our team result today, but we need to wait and see what happens with the weather between now and tomorrow. The first few races of the season were a painful experience for our team, and we realise that we’re still a long way from where we’d like to be. There’s no guarantee that things will carry on like this at the next race in Russia. Nothing is ever quite so simple in the DTM. But it’s a pleasant reward for all the hard work done by the team.”

    Canadian Robert Wickens will line up in pole position for the second consecutive time at the Norisring for the DTM season highlight in Nuremberg. Just like last year, Wickens secured the best starting position in qualifying for the 83-lap race at the Dutzendteich street circuit. For Mercedes-Benz, it was the 16th pole position on the streets of Nuremberg. Overall, five Mercedes-Benz drivers qualified in the Top Six on the grid. “My second pole position, and once again it's at the Norisring. It would make a nice change to be starting from P1 on another track! But joking aside, it really is a fantastic feeling,” said Wickens. “I had been expecting us to be stronger here, but I've been surprised just how strong we actually are. Now we need to make maximum use of our excellent form this weekend and rack up as many points as we can. In motor racing, anything can happen.”
    Mercedes junior Pascal Wehrlein finished the fourth qualifying session of the season in fourth place.

    Unfortunately, he didn't let me make a clean pass, which ruined my lap. All the same, row two is a good outcome and a great launch pad for tomorrow.”

    A good outcome.

    Mercedes junior Pascal Wehrlein finished the fourth qualifying session of the season in fourth place, improving his best ever grid position to date at the Norisring back in 2013 by one place. 2005 DTM champion, “Fourth on the grid is an excellent result for me,” stated Wehrlein. “We knew that we were going to be strong at the Norisring. I think that I was actually capable of even more, but on my fast lap, I came up behind Mattias Ekström. 

    A good outcome.

    Mercedes junior Pascal Wehrlein finished the fourth qualifying session of the season in fourth place, improving his best ever grid position to date at the Norisring back in 2013 by one place. 2005 DTM champion, “Fourth on the grid is an excellent result for me,” stated Wehrlein. “We knew that we were going to be strong at the Norisring. I think that I was actually capable of even more, but on my fast lap, I came up behind Mattias Ekström. 

    Mercedes junior Pascal Wehrlein finished the fourth qualifying session of the season in fourth place.

    Unfortunately, he didn't let me make a clean pass, which ruined my lap. All the same, row two is a good outcome and a great launch pad for tomorrow.”

    Mercedes junior Pascal Wehrlein finished the fourth qualifying session of the season in fourth place, improving his best ever grid position to date at the Norisring back in 2013 by one place. 2005 DTM champion, “Fourth on the grid is an excellent result for me,” stated Wehrlein. “We knew that we were going to be strong at the Norisring. I think that I was actually capable of even more, but on my fast lap, I came up behind Mattias Ekström. Unfortunately, he didn't let me make a clean pass, which ruined my lap. All the same, row two is a good outcome and a great launch pad for tomorrow.”

    Identical lap times.

    Gary Paffett and winner of the DTM race in Oschersleben Christian Vietoris achieved practically identical lap times twice in Q3. With a time of 48.008, they will be in P5 and P6 respectively on the grid.

    Mercedes junior Daniel Juncadella secured grid position 17 with a time of 48.375 seconds. Russian driver Vitaly Petrov qualified in grid position 23 on his first appearance at the Norisring in Nuremberg.

    Absolutely fantastic.

    “This qualifying result is a nice surprise for us,” said Wolfgang Schattling, Head of DTM Marketing & Communication. “We had hoped before the race weekend that we might be stronger here because we’ve been quick at the Norisring in recent years, but to put five cars on the first three rows of the grid is absolutely fantastic. Robert has done a first-class job from start to finish. He was one of the best in every session. This result does the entire team a power of good after a difficult start to the season. However, things could look very different in the race itself, especially if it actually begins to rain. And so, we are not going to start feeling overconfident after this good qualifying performance and will continue to work hard in order to secure another decent result tomorrow.”

    Five DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupés in the Top Six in qualifying.

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