Qualifying: round 2, Oschersleben.
A tough qualifying.
The DTM is being staged for the 15th time this weekend at the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben. This Saturday afternoon, Mercedes Junior Pascal Wehrlein posted a lap time of 1:20.668 minutes to qualify in tenth position for the second race of the internationally popular touring car series. “A tough qualifying, but given the circumstances, I’m satisfied with tenth position on the grid as best-placed Mercedes-Benz driver,” said Wehrlein. “After all, I was able to improve by five places compared to the first qualifying session of the season at Hockenheim. Now we have to analyse the data and continue to work hard. It was obvious that we wouldn’t be able to completely turn around the situation in less than two weeks since the last race. There’s still a long way to go. Anything can happen, as always, if it rains tomorrow. Should it remain dry, I will still do everything I possibly can, but then things will be more difficult for us.”
We've moved forwards as a team.
Christian Vietoris and Gary Paffett will be in grid positions 17 and 18 respectively in Sunday’s race. The other Mercedes-Benz drivers Robert Wickens, Paul Di Resta, Daniel Juncadella and Vitaly Petrov finished in positions 20 to 23 respectively. “After the last race at Hockenheim, we couldn’t expect to be up among the front-runners today,” said Paffett. “Still, P18 is not what we had hoped for. We’ve developed the car further for Oschersleben and tried a few different setups in free practice. But then in qualifying, we didn’t find the optimal car balance. However, if you look at Pascal’s speed, you can see that we’ve moved forwards as a team. The race will not be easy, but we are slowly making progress and will try to finish in the points.”
Wolfgang Schattling, Head of DTM Management: “Congratulations to Audi and to Miguel Molina on securing pole position. As for us, though, we have no cause for satisfaction with our result. At least Pascal made it through to the Top Ten, which represents a small step forward and shows what a quality driver he is. But on the other hand, we are in a sort of transitional phase in which we are seeking to analyse and overhaul the structures of our DTM involvement. We knew from the start that we wouldn’t be able to make any quantum leaps in performance over the two weeks since the season opener at Hockenheim. We’re now going to re-evaluate the situation and try to get the maximum possible from tomorrow’s race.”