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Mercedes-AMG wrap up the win in the team and constructors‘ classification ahead of time

Mercedes-AMG wrap up the win in the team and constructors‘ classification ahead of time
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Title contenders in battle for the podium: Gary Paffett shortens gap on team-mate Paul Di Resta to four points

  • Mercedes-AMG win the constructors’ championship before season has ended – for the seventh time in the brand’s30-years of the DTM
  • Victory in the team classification is also assured ahead of the season finale: Only one of the three Mercedes-AMG Motorsport DTM Teams can still win the championship at Hockenheim
  • Gary Paffett (Mercedes-AMG Motorsport PETRONAS) finishes third, taking his third podium in Spielberg, his ninth of the season and 47th of his DTM career
  • Paul Di Resta (Mercedes-AMG Motorsport REMUS) booked fourth place right behind him
  • Title fight in the drivers’ standings still undecided ahead of the finale: Paul (229 points) has a four-point lead on Gary (225 points)
  • Pascal Wehrlein (Mercedes-AMG Motorsport PETRONAS) was sixth, Edoardo Mortara (SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG Motorsport) tenth
  • Gary Paffett: “It’s going to be a fantastic fight in the season finale at Hockenheim. There are now only four points separating me and Paul, and René (Rast) is also getting ever closer. That’s excellent for the DTM”
  • Ulrich Fritz: “We cannot be satisfied with today’s result. It’s extremely disappointing when you start with three cars in the Top Four and then only secure one podium in the end”

The first title of this 2018 DTM season has already been won. Mercedes-AMG Motorsport head home from Spielberg as the new champions in the constructors’ classification. However, the fight for the drivers’ championship is still open before the season finale at Hockenheim. By taking third place, Gary Paffett (Mercedes-AMG Motorsport PETRONAS) narrowed the gap on overall leader Paul Di Resta (Mercedes-AMG Motorsport REMUS) to just four points. Paul also collected vital points for fourth place. The Scot leads the drivers’ standings with 229 to 225 points ahead of the Hockenheim season finale.

This was Gary’s third podium at Spielberg, his ninth this season and the 47th of his DTM career. Earlier this weekend in the second qualifying session, the 2005 champion had taken his fifth pole of the season, his 17th in the DTM.

Two more Mercedes-AMG Motorsport DTM drivers finished in the points apart from the two title contenders. Pascal Wehrlein (Mercedes-AMG Motorsport PETRONAS) came home sixth and Edoardo Mortara (SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG Motorsport) was tenth. Daniel Juncadella (Mercedes-AMG Motorsport REMUS) finished eleventh just outside the points.

Five-time World Rally Champion Sébastien Ogier (Mercedes-AMG Motorsport REMUS) ended his second DTM race as a guest entrant in 17th position. Lucas Auer (SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG Motorsport) retired from his home race with 15 minutes still on the clock.

One result was certain even before the race had been run: Mercedes-AMG are the new champions in the DTM constructors’ classification! Gary’s three points for pole and Paul’s third place on the grid were enough to secure the win in the constructors’ competition for the brand with the three-pointed star even before the third-last race of the season had started. Mercedes-AMG (865 points) have a lead of 302 points on BMW (563) ahead of the season finale at Hockenheim and as a result, cannot be caught in the last two races of the season.

This is the brand’s seventh constructors’ title win in its 30 years of contesting the DTM. Mercedes-AMG won their first DTM constructors’ title in the 1991 season with six wins and 26 podium finishes. It was the brand’s first title win since entering a works team in the 1988 season. Since then, Stuttgart and Affalterbach have secured the trophy for the most successful manufacturer in 1992, 1994, 1995, 2003, 2005 and now again in 2018.

Mercedes-AMG also clinched the team championship in the DTM for the first time in the 1991 season together with their first manufacturers’ title. The team now lead this classification again this season as the last race weekend at Hockenheim approaches. Mercedes-AMG Motorsport PETRONAS (333 points) are 43 points ahead of Mercedes-AMG Motorsport REMUS (290 points). Team SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG Motorsport (257 points) complete the Top Three in the team championship in the run-up to the finale. Thus, only one of the three Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Teams can still win the team title during the last race weekend of the season at Hockenheim.

The next race weekend: The finale of the 2018 DTM season will take place from 12th to 14th October with a home fixture for Mercedes-AMG Motorsport at Hockenheim. The two races will be the last in the race series for Mercedes-AMG Motorsport after 30 years in the DTM.

Comments after the race

Gary Paffett (37, England):

  • P3
  • Car number: 2
  • Team: Mercedes-AMG Motorsport PETRONAS
  • Car: Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM

“It’s going to be a fantastic fight in the season finale at Hockenheim. There are now only four points separating me and Paul, and René (Rast) is also getting ever closer. That’s excellent for the DTM. It feels great to be heading for the finale still fully part of the battle for the title. Unfortunately, today’s race did not go quite as we had hoped, despite starting from pole position. But I’m still happy about the championship situation, because I was able to gain some points on Paul. Now I’m looking forward to the finale at Hockenheim.”

Paul Di Resta (32, Scotland):

  • P4
  • Car number: 3
  • Team: Mercedes-AMG Motorsport REMUS
  • Car: Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM

“That was a fairly average day from my perspective. I started from third place and finished fourth, which is never a good outcome. The battle with Gary was a lot of fun, especially as we are going head to head for the championship. But I’m obviously disappointed not to have been up there on the podium. My focus is now fully on the finale at Hockenheim.”

Pascal Wehrlein (23, Germany):

  • P6
  • Car number: 94
  • Team: Mercedes-AMG Motorsport PETRONAS
  • Car: Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM

“After yesterday’s race, today was a lot better. The pace was there, but unfortunately I had no chance against the Audis in the race. My start was quite good, but I then lost two places going into Turn 3. Because we stopped relatively early, I had to go easy on my tyres in the second half and was unable to finish any further forward than sixth.”

Edoardo Mortara (31, Italy):

  • P10
  • Car number: 48
  • Team: SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG Motorsport
  • Car: Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM

“For me, that was unfortunately a weekend to forget. As a result of yesterday’s penalty, I was obliged to start from ninth today. So it was always going to be a difficult race for me right from the outset. I tried to do my best, but the car was hard to drive. Early on, I was able to stay in touch, but as soon as I got separated from the leaders, I was unable to get anything more out of the car.”

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