The final round of the 2015 DTM season took place at the Hockenheimring this weekend and Mercedes-Benz was on top form.
Mercedes-Benz is the most successful marque ever in the DTM, having secured 10 drivers’ titles, 13 team and six manufacturers’ titles.
Pascal Wehrlein (gooix/Original-Teile Mercedes-AMG) secured the drivers’ title in Saturday’s race, finishing P8.
Lucas Auer (BWT Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM), 10th on the grid, crossed the line in P17. Gary Paffett (EURONICS Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) started from P12 and retired after a collision.
Lucas Auer: “I crashed at the start, unfortunately, and my car was damaged after that. I continued in the race in order to gain experience. Qualifying went well today. We’ll have to repeat that tomorrow.”
Gary Paffett: “I made a really good start. I got on the inside of Lucas doing down the straight before Turn 1. I don’t know if someone shoved him, but he pushed me into the pit wall and damaged my car. After that, there was nothing I could do to defend myself against the other cars. Then Molina just took me out, which finished my race.”
Gary Paffett (EURONICS Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) started from pole position and booked P9 in the last race of the season at the Hockenheimring, achieving a new points-scoring finish. Lucas Auer (BWT Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) crossed the line in P19.
Gary Paffett: “I got off a really good start from pole position and managed to pull out a bit of a lead on the first lap. But after that, I was simply struggling for grip. The car was sliding about a lot, which meant I wasn’t able to match the other guys for pace. I think that we had problems getting the tyres up to temperature with it being so cool today. This season has had its ups and downs, but unfortunately there have been too many downs. We certainly had the potential, though. We now need to try and come back next year so we get the maximum out of the situation more often.”
Lucas Auer: “My start and first lap were very good, but then we had problems, unfortunately, which we’ll have to analyze. The speed just wasn’t there. We must now look into what caused it.”
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