DTM 2014: Round 6, Spielberg: Preview

The DTM will line up for the second half of the season next weekend at Austria’s Spielberg circuit.

At 4.236 kilometres, the Red Bull Ring is the third-longest circuit on the 2014 DTM racing calendar. The race is staged over 47 laps which equates to a distance of 203.322 kilometres – the longest of the whole DTM season.

Race Date: 03 Aug 2014
Circuit Name: Red Bull Ring
Number of Laps: 47
Circuit Length: 4.236  km
Race Distance: 203.322 km
Lap Record: 1:25.505 – Marco Wittmann (BMW) (2013)

Comments on the DTM race in Spielberg

Christian Vietoris (25, Germany, Original-Teile Mercedes AMG C-Coupé)

”A very different track layout awaits us in Spielberg compared to last time out in Moscow. There are far fewer turns, but some longish straights. The track is really great in my opinion. It’s a bit of a roller coaster and the many fast turns demand a lot from the driver. We will approach the race weekend with the necessary caution. In Spielberg too, it will be important for us to set the car up properly in practice in order to optimise the package and then get the best out of it.”

Robert Wickens (25, Canada, FREE MAN’S WORLD Mercedes AMG C-Coupé)

”Spielberg is a brilliant, unique circuit. I’m already looking forward to driving there. The spectators are always really passionate. It’s a real season highlight for me. Certainly, we’re not having an easy time at the moment at any of the circuits. As a team, we’ve already shown at other tracks that nothing is impossible. We know that we are not as quick as we would like to be, but we won’t give up and will continue to work on improvements at full throttle.”

Pascal Wehrlein (19, Germany, gooix Mercedes AMG C-Coupé)

”We will be commencing the second half of the season next weekend in Spielberg. I finished in the points at the Norisring and in Moscow after a tough start to the season and would love to carry on this run of results in Austria, for sure. However, we must be realistic and wait and see how competitive we are at this circuit. At any rate, I’ve got fond memories of Spielberg where I achieved podiums in both the Formel ADAC and in the Formula 3 Euro Series; last year, I managed a Top Ten finish there.”

Paul Di Resta (28, Scotland, DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé)

”I’m racing for the first time this weekend in Spielberg. I’ve first got to familiarise myself with the track as was the case in the last race in Moscow, which I’m looking forward to doing. The track is very much an ‘old school’ circuit. Achieving a high level of efficiency counts for a lot in view of the long straights and hard braking zones, but we’re travelling to Spielberg with an open mind and will wait and see how we perform in practice. Our goal is to continue to work hard, do our best and learn as much as possible.”

Gary Paffett (33, England, EURONICS Mercedes AMG C-Coupé)

”Spielberg is a great circuit. The track is fairly short and doesn’t have many turns. It is, of course, important to have a high top speed in view of the three long straights. I think that Spielberg suits our car more than some of the other tracks with its long straights and hard braking areas. I’m looking forward to the race. Our aim has to be to secure points and to try to understand the car better.”

Daniel Juncadella (23, Spain, Petronas Mercedes AMG C-Coupé)

”This year will be the second time that I’ve raced in the DTM at Spielberg. Finding a good aerodynamic balance is extremely important at this track. There are plenty of fast turns, a number of straights and a hairpin in Turn 2. I’ve won twice at Spielberg in the Formula 3 Euro Series on my way up into the DTM, so I really like the track. Unfortunately, I was unable to show my pace in the race in Moscow. Now we’ll have to make the best of our car’s potential this weekend.”

Vitaly Petrov (29, Russia, DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé)

”Spielberg is another circuit that I’m not familiar with, so I’ll first have to get accustomed to the track during practice and get prepared for it. It won’t be an easy weekend for us, as was also the case last time out in Russia. However, we won’t let that dampen our spirits. We’ll go on fighting and have another go in Spielberg at extracting the maximum from the car.”

Toto Wolff, Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport

”We’re returning with the DTM to Austria next weekend after Formula 1’s recent fantastic return to Spielberg. I always look forward to race weekends in my home country. We’ve got a tough task ahead of us this year in Spielberg. We have to be realistic about expectations, as was the case in the previous races this season, and try to get the maximum possible. We’ll just have to see what the end effect of our efforts is and what final positions we can manage. Christian and Pascal finished in the Top Eight in the last race in Moscow, which was quite a decent result for that type of track. We experienced many ups and downs during the first half of the season. We know that our performance does not meet our expectations in all conditions and at every circuit, and for that reason, we will continue to work hard in order to improve during the second half of the season.”


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