Mercedes-Benz DTM drivers comment on the third race of the season at Brands Hatch
AddThis Social Bookmark Button
By: Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz DTM drivers comment on the third race of the season at Brands Hatch  • Mercedes-Benz has won three out of the six DTM races at Brands Hatch

• David Coulthard (Scotland), Jamie Green (England), Gary Paffett (England) and Susie Wolff (Scotland) aiming to excel in their home race

• Mercedes-Benz leads driver, team and constructor standings in DTM 2012

• Brands Hatch has been staging DTM races since 2006; at just 1.93km in length, it is the shortest track on the race calendar – with the obvious exception of the show event in Munich's Olympic Stadium; the drivers complete a total of 98 laps, equivalent to a total distance of 189.04 kilometres.

• Facts and figures on all Mercedes-Benz drivers, teams and the C-Coupé at: www.media.daimler.com

Drivers' comments on the third race of the season at Brands Hatch:

Gary Paffett (31, England, THOMAS SABO Mercedes AMG C-Coupé):

• leads the 2012 DTM drivers' championship after two races with one win and one second place

• started from the front row in the 2011 race at Brands Hatch

'It's great to be returning to Brands Hatch for my home race and to be showcasing DTM racing for the British fans. In the early stage of my career, I used to compete at Brands Hatch three or four times a year, so I have very fond memories of the circuit and the races there. I'm especially looking forward to welcoming my Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team-mate Jenson Button who is making a guest appearance at Brands Hatch this weekend. He'll be giving me a lift in the Mercedes 'race taxi'. It will be quite a novel experience for me sitting in the passenger seat! The track is very demanding and represents a major challenge on the calendar. A single lap is very short, but we complete almost 100 of them, so it's a tiring weekend. I aim to send the British fans home satisfied with a result that matches the first two races of the season.'

Jamie Green (29, England, Mercedes AMG C-Coupé):

• second and fourth places in the first two races – plus two fastest laps

• currently second in the DTM drivers' standings

'It's easy to get the wrong impression about Brands Hatch; it may be short, but it's also extremely tricky. In the race, we need to stay fully focused for all 98 laps – you can't afford to slacken off for a second. Last year, I was very quick in the dry and I also posted the fastest time in Q3. I'd like a repeat of that this year and to continue the good run of results so far in 2012. Although Brands Hatch is my home race, I only drove there a couple of times before joining the Mercedes-Benz DTM line-up. That just increases my resolve to fight for the win on Sunday.'

Christian Vietoris (23, Germany, Mercedes-Benz Bank AMG C-Coupé):

• already has one Brands Hatch podium in the 2009 Formula 3 Euro Series

• currently ranks sixth after two races in the 2012 DTM season

'Brands Hatch is a strange sort of circuit that places great demands on both the driver and the car. There are relatively few corners, and a lap is very short. Consequently, the vehicle setup and handling out on the track have to be in perfect harmony to get the most out of the car. At Brands Hatch, the starting field will be more evenly matched than at any time before in the DTM – a tenth of a second in qualifying can make a huge difference in terms of grid position.'

Ralf Schumacher (36, Germany, Mercedes AMG C-Coupé):

• qualified fourth at Brands Hatch in 2010

'The first two race weekends of the 2012 season haven't quite gone to plan for me, but at least I was able to score points in both races, and I feel that I've adapted well to our new Mercedes AMG C-Coupé. Brands Hatch looks deceptively simple, but it's a real driver's circuit. The corners are very tight, so your car needs to be really well balanced. This weekend, a lot will depend on getting a good grid position in qualifying. If I can do that, I should be able to grind out a decent result.'

David Coulthard (41, Scotland, DHL Paket Mercedes AMG C-Coupé):

• won two out of three races in the 1991 British Formula 3 Championship at Brands Hatch

• is about to contest his third DTM race at the venue

'Between 1991 and 2010, I didn't drive a single race at Brands Hatch, so it's all the more gratifying to pay this annual visit with the DTM and to experience the excitement generated by the British racing fans. Brands Hatch is an unusual and difficult track that is very unforgiving if you make a mistake. Early on in my career, I won two Formula 3 races there, plus I finished third in the Formula Ford Festival. So I have a pretty good track record at Brands Hatch, and now I'm aiming to score a good result in the DTM as well.'

Susie Wolff (29, Scotland, TV Spielfilm Mercedes AMG C-Coupé):

• has competed in all six races at Brands Hatch since the venue made its DTM debut in 2006

• finished on the podium twice at Brands Hatch in the 2004 British Formula Renault 2.0 Series

'After two back-to back races at the start of the season, I'm looking forward to the third race weekend of 2012 at Brands Hatch. The track is just eight hours from my native Scotland, but for me it still counts as a home race, which makes for an exciting weekend. There isn't a big difference in lap times over such a short distance, and it's not easy to overtake here. This means that qualifying plays a crucial role.'

Norbert Haug, Vice-President Mercedes-Benz Motorsport:

'At Brands Hatch, you can almost smell the motor racing heritage. This track is a classic. The short layout where the DTM is making its annual appearance may look straightforward, but therein lies the difficulty. The drivers are under constant pressure for all of the 98 laps. It's just one corner after another, each of which is completely different from the one before. Even the two straights don't allow time for a breather.

'The importance of qualifying in the DTM was once again illustrated in the last race at the Lausitzring: being faster than the opposition in the race is not enough to secure a win unless you also start at or near the front. That's why, at Brands Hatch this coming Saturday, we will see the biggest qualifying showdown in the history of the DTM: I'm quite sure of that. Everyone wants pole position – but only one driver can have it.'

Photo credit: Mercedes-Benz
posted on conceptcarz.com

   Recent Articles
World Record Parade For Jaguar's Fastest Ever Production Supercar

◾Silverstone Classic to celebrate yet another motoring milestone
◾Unprecedented numbers of XJ220s to mark 25th anniversary
◾Amazing paddock display and special parade on famous GP circuit
◾Early Bird tickets on sale until the end of March

Jaguar's remarkable XJ220 is the latest classic car to receive the record-breaking treatment at the Silverstone Classic.

It's 25 years since the dramatically-styled, mid-engined, two-seater supercar was first introduced, quickly becoming not only Jagua....
Renault Sport Formula One Team - 2017 Australian Grand Prix Preview

Renault Sport Formula One Team previews the first race weekend of the 2017 Formula 1 season, the Rolex Australian Grand Prix.

Drivers Jolyon Palmer and Nico Hülkenberg share their thoughts on the challenges of Albert Park, while our management and technical staff give the latest on the team and on the R.S.17-R.E.17 package.

Foreword from Renault Sport Racing Managing Director, Cyril Abiteboul

Renault Sport Formula One Team heads to the start of the 2017 FIA Formula One World Championshi....
World Champion Ekström Attacks Again With Audi

◾Mattias Ekström on the rallycross throne after only three years
◾The next step is to follow in 2017 with factory support from Audi
◾Ekström battles for the titles in the DTM and World RX

Mattias Ekström will again be competing in a dual role in 2017. Following remarkable years in the DTM and two titles with Audi, the Swede is determined to claim the top spot now in the new, more than 500-HP Audi RS 5 DTM too. And as the reigning World Rallycross Champion he has only one aim in the up-and-c....
Lamborghini Squadra Corse Announces The 2017 Factory Drivers

◾Five young professional drivers were selected, four of whom are Italian
◾They will be a support for Lamborghini Customer Teams
◾Their 'office' will be the Huracán GT3 in the main GT championships worldwide

Sant'Agata Bolognese/March 13, 2017

Factory Drivers are the top of Lamborghini Squadra Corse driver programs, the highest level of Motorsport professionalism. Their office is the cockpit of the Huracán GT3 and their tasks are varied: they represent Lamborghini as brand ambassador....
McLaren Increases Factory Driver Stable As Blancpain GT Plans Come Together

◾Jonny Kane and Dean Stoneman added to the Factory Driver line-up
◾All Factory Drivers to feature in Blancpain GT Series
◾Jazeman Jaafar a new addition to the McLaren GT Driver Academy
◾Four members of the GT Driver Academy to race for Strakka Racing

McLaren has confirmed British drivers Jonny Kane and Dean Stoneman as additions to its Factory Driver roster for 2017, which has grown to five drivers as the season plans have been finalised. The growth in its elite driver stable showcases an ....
H.R. Owen Set To Put 2001 Michael Schumacher Formula One Replica Racing Car Back On The Road

◾H.R. Owen Ferrari is set to display the ultimate piece of Ferrari Formula One memorabilia on London roads for one day only – a stunning replica racing car from Michael Schumacher's heyday in the 2001 season
◾One of Ferrari's first-ever replicas used as an event and pit show car, H.R. Owen's racer enjoyed a busy year in 2001, with Ferrari dominating F1 and taking home the Drivers' and Constructors' titles
◾Ferrari kept the car under wraps for almost 15 years, but it's now proudly displayed ....
Ferraris Top The Podium At Race Retro Sales

◾Silverstone Auctions achieves a 76 per cent sales rate and total sales of £5.7million in three days of auctions at Race Retro.
◾The results were the highest ever at Race Retro.
◾More than 130 classic and competition cars went under the hammer over three days between the 24th and 26th February.

Joined by hundreds of historic motorsport and classic car enthusiasts over three days at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire, Silverstone Auctions achieved a sales rate of 76 per cent and total sales of ....
Audi To Enter Three DTM Teams In Title Chase

◾Duval at Phoenix, Müller at ABT, Rast at Rosberg
◾DTM stars Ekström, Green and Rockenfeller as spearheads
◾Audi as only manufacturer with three teams

Three months before the 2017 DTM season opener, Audi has announced its team assignments. The premium brand will be the only manufacturer to put three teams on the grid. The DTM season will kick off at the Hockenheimring on May 5.

In making the DTM team assignments, Audi's new Head of Motorsport Dieter Gass has opted for a combination of se....
2017 Alpine A110
2017 Alpine A110  2017 Alpine A110  2017 Alpine A110  2017 Alpine A110  2017 Alpine A110  
2017 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Edition 1
2017 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Edition 1  2017 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Edition 1  2017 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Edition 1  2017 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Edition 1  2017 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Edition 1  
2017 Renault R.S.17
2017 Renault R.S.17  2017 Renault R.S.17  2017 Renault R.S.17  2017 Renault R.S.17  2017 Renault R.S.17  
2016 BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition
2016 BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition  2016 BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition  2016 BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition  2016 BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition  2016 BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition  
2016 BMW M6 GTLM
2016 BMW M6 GTLM  2016 BMW M6 GTLM  2016 BMW M6 GTLM  2016 BMW M6 GTLM  2016 BMW M6 GTLM  
2016 McLaren MP4-31 Honda
2016 McLaren MP4-31 Honda  2016 McLaren MP4-31 Honda  2016 McLaren MP4-31 Honda  
2016 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT
2016 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT  2016 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT  2016 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT  2016 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT  2016 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT  
2016 Renault R.S. 16
2016 Renault R.S. 16  2016 Renault R.S. 16  2016 Renault R.S. 16  2016 Renault R.S. 16  2016 Renault R.S. 16  
2016 VUHL 05 ROC
2016 VUHL 05 ROC  2016 VUHL 05 ROC  2016 VUHL 05 ROC  2016 VUHL 05 ROC  2016 VUHL 05 ROC  
2015 Audi R8 LMS
2015 Audi R8 LMS  2015 Audi R8 LMS