Gary Paffett 5th in EURONICS Mercedes AMG C-Coupe at DTM premiere in Russia
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Gary Paffett 5th in EURONICS Mercedes AMG C-Coupe at DTM premiere in Russia

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Mercedes-Benz at Russian DTM (9)At present, Paffett stands in 3rd place in overall ranking after 6 of 10 races this season. Mercedes Junior Christian Vietoris (DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé) finished in the 10th place and secured points.

His team mate Pascal Wehrlein (DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé) finsihed the race ijn 11th place, just outside of the points table. Robert Wickens (STIHL Mercedes AMG C-Coupé) had a podium finish in Nuremberg, placed, and finished 12th in Moscow. Mercedes Juniors, Roberto Merhi (THOMAS SABO Mercedes AMG C-Coupé) and Daniel Juncadella (stern Mercedes AMG C-Coupé) finished 14th and 18th.
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After Moscow’s race, Mike Rockenfeller (Audi) stands 1st overall with 94 points. Bruno Spengler (BMW) stands 2nd with 67 points, and Gary Paffett 3rd with 57 points. Christian Vietoris stands 4th with 56 points. STIHL / AMG Mercedes head the team standings on 101 points. Mercedes-Benz is second with 188 points in the manufacturers’ championship behind BMW with 217 points. 2013 DTM season next heads to Nürburgring on 17th-18th August for the 7th round.

Gary Paffett (32, England, EURONICS Mercedes AMG C-Coupé) finished in Fifth place and said, “I’m quite happy with fifth place, since there was nothing more doing today. I got off to a good start and was able to move up a few places, but unfortunately, we just didn’t have the pace of the front-runners. My race was mainly with Jamie, whom I was able to overtake just before the end, luckily. We have secured vital points today.”

Christian Vietoris (24, Germany, DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé) in Tenth place siad, “I found the weekend quite difficult. But still, I’ve come away with something, even if it’s only one point. Better than nothing! I think we were just a bit too slow today. On the previous two tracks, however, we were very quick. Now we have to analyse where the problem lies. But there’s still everything to play for this season, and anything can happen. We now need to continue to secure points and mount an all-out attack in the coming races.”

Pascal Wehrlein (18, Germany, DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé) in Eleventh place said, “My start wasn’t too bad and I moved up a couple of places. After that it was kind of weird today. The option tyres wore down pretty quickly, although I was actually trying to nurse the tyres. We need to see what the analysis brings up. I was again doing pretty well on the prime tyre but unfortunately, my pit stop didn’t go as well as it could have done, which cost us additional time.”

Robert Wickens (24, Canada, STIHL Mercedes AMG C-Coupé) in Twelfth place said, “I got away to a good start. The first stint went according to plan and I found myself in a very promising position. After that, I just didn’t have the performance to stay in the points. It wasn’t possible to do better than P12 today. Of course, I’m disappointed to come away empty-handed this weekend, but I’m focusing now on the next race and hope that things go better at the Nürburgring.”

Roberto Merhi (22, Spain, THOMAS SABO Mercedes AMG C-Coupé) in 14th place said, “That was a race to forget – not a thing worked for me. I had a problem right at the start but nevertheless moved up a few places. I then immediately dropped back again, as I remained on the outside running through Turn Four. In retrospect, that was the wrong thing to do. When I switched to the option tyres, there were many slower cars in front of me, which was unfortunate. I gained a lot of places in the race once more but still need to improve my qualifying performance in the coming championship rounds. Finishing in the points will then be possible once more.”

Daniel Juncadella (22, Spain, stern Mercedes AMG C-Coupé) in 18th place said, “This race here in Moscow was just awful. The first lap went well, but then I was hit from behind and pushed into the man in front. Then Miguel Molina caught my rear and my car was pretty badly damaged. After that, it was game over as regards pace. Actually, there isn’t much more to say – I was just doing the rounds. I hope that we’ll be able to build again on the good results from the Lausitzring and the Norisring in the next race and that I can still secure some more points this season.”

Wolfgang Schattling, Head of DTM Management said, “The DTM debut at the Moscow Raceway leaves us with mixed feelings. First of all, congratulations to the event organisers: We have had a superb fixture, which 45,000 fans attended in the course of the weekend – the DTM has clearly found a new home here in Moscow and many new, enthusiastic fans. The track is a great challenge for the drivers and engineers and on Sunday provided the ideal venue for an exciting race with plenty of thrilling scraps and overtaking manoeuvres. Unfortunately, we were not as competitive this race weekend as in the previous rounds at the Lausitzring and in Nuremberg. Gary achieved the best possible result for us with a fifth place and we have to admit that our rivals were simply faster here this weekend. That thought will make us work even harder in the coming days, so that at the next race weekend at the Nürburgring, which we know inside out, we can build on the good results from the previous few races.”