Mercedes-Benz driver Christian Vietoris placed seventh in the fifth DTM race of the season in Moscow.
Fellow Mercedes driver Pascal Wehrlein crossed the finish line in eighth position. Canadian Robert Wickens and fellow Mercedes drivers Daniel Juncadella and Gary Paffett finished the race in positions 14 to 16 respectively. Vitaly Petrov came home in P18 in his home race at the Moscow Raceway.
The race was over for Paul Di Resta after eighth laps when the 2010 DTM champion was forced to retire with a gearbox problem.
The sixth race of the DTM season will take place on the weekend of 2nd-3rd August at Austria’s Spielberg circuit.
Comments after the Race
Christian Vietoris (25, Germany, Original-Teile Mercedes AMG C-Coupé)
”That race was probably the best I’ve driven in my whole career. We find ourselves in a tricky situation at the moment, which makes it all the more important to get the absolute maximum out of the car. We managed to do that today, thanks to the great job done by my team. We’re all pulling together, and I’m really proud to be a member of this crew. Now we’ll get back to work and fight hard to raise our performance in the remaining races.”
Pascal Wehrlein (19, Germany, gooix Mercedes AMG C-Coupé)
”That was a good race. My start went well, but unfortunately I got touched by another car on Turn 4. That cost me three places. The difference in performance between the option and prime tyres this time wasn’t all that great, which made it difficult to overtake other cars at the start of the race. Having said that, though, my option run was pretty satisfying. I had one stroke of luck with the safety car period coming at just the right moment for my race. Anyway, eighth place is a great result for me.”
Robert Wickens (25, Canada, FREE MAN’S WORLD Mercedes AMG C-Coupé)
”That was a tough day for me. We knew it would be a hard race. The safety car came out on track at the wrong time as far as our strategy was concerned. I had actually intended to pit on that lap but had to stay out, which cost me a lot of places. We must now carefully analyse the race. As things turned out, it was not possible to do better than P14 today. I must now focus on the race in Spielberg.”
Daniel Juncadella (23, Spain, Petronas Mercedes AMG C-Coupé)
”I was very quick when compared to my fellow Mercedes drivers. On the second lap, unfortunately, an Audi driver didn’t give me enough space. I was unable to take evasive action and spun. My race was then over.”
Gary Paffett (33, England, EURONICS Mercedes AMG C-Coupé)
”The result was obviously disappointing. Qualifying didn’t go well, but our performance in the race wasn’t bad in comparison to the other Mercedes drivers. Unfortunately, I was unlucky with both safety car deployments. The decision to start on the prime tyres turned out to be unlucky, because everyone else had already stopped by the time the safety car came out. Anyway, we learn as we go along.”
Vitaly Petrov (29, Russia, DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé)
”I think that this was an interesting race for the spectators. There was something to please everyone. I drove a normal race. Unfortunately, the speed of the guys in front of me was better than mine. I tried to stay in contact with them, but today was not my day. All in all, though, it was good to see how our car functioned on this type of circuit. Of course, the result was not what I’d hoped for in my home race. I will now focus on working with the team to go on improving with every race.”
Paul Di Resta (28, Scotland, DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé)
”Unfortunately, my first race here in Moscow was over after eight laps. A gearbox problem forced me to retire. Of course, that’s not the result I was hoping for this weekend. It’s a shame, but there’s no point in worrying about it. I’m now looking forward to the next race in Spielberg. It won’t be easy there either, but we’ll keep on fighting.”
Wolfgang Schattling, Head of Motorsport Marketing & Communications
”Congratulations to Maxime Martin on his maiden DTM victory. This was a fine performance in only his fifth DTM race. The DTM has had a great weekend here in Moscow, as was the case at last year’s debut. It was nice to see so many fans in the stands once again, which shows how interest in the DTM in Russia is continuing to grow. We knew before the race weekend that this type of circuit would not suit us as much as last time out at the Norisring. However, after a tough qualifying, Christian and Pascal both produced a good performance and achieved a points-scoring finish. We will now continue to work hard to prepare for the next race in Spielberg.”
Photos: Daimler AG