Auer puts Mercedes on pole for DTM season opener

Lucas Auer
Lucas Auer

The three-pointed star also shone in second free practice of the DTM. With Lucas Auer, Paul Di Resta, Edoardo Mortara and Robert Wickens in that order, the Mercedes-AMG dominated proceedings in the half-hour session at the Hockenheimring on Saturday morning. On the previous day, Paul Di Resta and Gary Paffett had been the fastest drivers.

“I hope that we can carry over this result into qualifying. There, we will go flat-out," first-placed Mercedes-AMG driver Lucas Auer emphasized. This time, Nico Muller was the best-placed Audi driver in fifth place. “Today, I had a slightly better feeling than yesterday. The opposition is very strong, but I think that there is still some potential in the car for qualifying," the Swiss commented. Defending champion Marco Wittmann was the best BMW driver, he returned to the pits in sixth place overall. A remarkable fact was that the lap times by the drivers from first to 18th place were only 1.2 seconds apart. This promises thrilling and tight battles for qualifying and the race. The highlight of the Saturday will be the first race that gets underway at 14.45 hrs.

QUALIFYING RESULTS:

POS DRIVER TEAM CAR TIME BEHIND
1 Lucas Auer HWA Mercedes 1m30.849s 0.000s
2 Gary Paffett HWA Mercedes 1m31.042s 0.193s
3 Edoardo Mortara HWA Mercedes 1m31.120s 0.271s
4 Timo Glock RMR BMW 1m31.161s 0.312s
5 Maxime Martin RBM BMW 1m31.247s 0.398s
6 Paul Di Resta HWA Mercedes 1m31.275s 0.426s
7 Maro Engel HWA Mercedes 1m31.309s 0.460s
8 Nico Muller Abt Audi 1m31.490s 0.641s
9 Tom Blomqvist RMR BMW 1m31.510s 0.661s
10 Robert Wickens HWA Mercedes 1m31.538s 0.689s
11 Marco Wittmann RMG BMW 1m31.662s 0.813s
12 Jamie Green Rosberg Audi 1m31.805s 0.956s
13 Bruno Spengler RBM BMW 1m31.834s 0.985s
14 Rene Rast Rosberg Audi 1m31.871s 1.022s
15 Augusto Farfus RMG BMW 1m31.915s 1.066s
16 Mike Rockenfeller Phoenix Audi 1m31.965s 1.116s
17 Mattias Ekstrom Abt Audi 1m32.082s 1.233s
18 Loic Duval Phoenix Audi 1m32.450s 1.601s

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