DTM – Quotes From The Mercedes-Benz Drivers; Norisring

July 4, 2011

DTM

Bruno Spengler (Mercedes-Benz Bank AMG C-Class) – Winner: “That was one of the most difficult races of my career. Even with the safety car out on track, there was still a lot of aquaplaning. The stewards took the right decision to red flag the race. We had a great strategy and my car was superb today: a big thank you to my team for their work. My second win of the season has put me back in the championship lead. That’s a great feeling.”

Jamie Green (AMG Mercedes C-Class) – Second: “Today was a very difficult race because of the rain. Unfortunately, a fourth win at the Norisring wasn’t possible, but I’m happy with second place. I’m getting to grips with my car better race by race. That’s good for me, for Mercedes-Benz and for the championship.”

Ralf Schumacher (Salzgitter AMG Mercedes C-Class) – Sixth: “I’m quite happy with my sixth place. This is a decent result. I’m really happy that the stewards stopped the race. Otherwise, it could have ended in chaos.”

David Coulthard (Deutsche Post AMG Mercedes C-Class) – Eighth: “I’m very happy to have scored my first point of the season. The decision to call off the race was the right one, because we just couldn’t see anything out on track.”

Maro Engel (GQ AMG Mercedes C-Class) – Ninth: “I’m a bit disappointed, because I feel that I could have achieved more starting from sixth. After all, we were quick throughout the weekend. Also, I once again had contact with Edoardo Mortara.”

Renger van der Zande (stern AMG Mercedes C-Class) – Tenth: “I’m not too displeased with tenth place. It’s always difficult when you start in the middle of the field behind the safety car. My pace was pretty good today – hopefully I can continue this form in the coming races. I overtook four cars today.”

Christian Vietoris (Junge Sterne AMG Mercedes C-Class) – Eleventh: “Conditions today were very chaotic and it was a good thing the race was stopped early. I was stuck in traffic for much of the race and could hardly see a thingbecause of the rain. I’m glad that I was able to finish the race. I didn’t even realise that I crossed the line in eleventh place.”

Susie Stoddart (TV Spielfilm AMG Mercedes C-Class) – 13th: “The decision to stop the race was absolutely right, because the rain had made the track undriveable. While it was still reasonably dry out there, I had been making good progress. I had held my position and my car was going well at that stage.”

Gary Paffett (AMG Mercedes C THOMAS SABO-Class) – retired: “At turn three, I turned the steering wheel as usual, but the car didn’t respond – I didn’t make the turn and continued straight on into the wall. It’s too bad because, starting from second place, we could have had a good result today.”

Norbert Haug, Vice-President Mercedes-Benz Motorsport: “Today is 3rd July, so it couldn’t be more appropriate for Bruno Spengler to secure his third victory at the Norisring. We’re leading the championship again and have taken our ninth win in a row here in Nuremberg… it’s fantastic. Jamie Green’s second place only makes our success more complete. Thanks to everyone on the team for a great job. After a one-two in qualifying yesterday, we’ve achieved a one-two in the race as well, and the HWA mechanics also managed the two fastest pit stops today. It was a shame to see Gary retire – we must investigate what happened to the steering before his accident. We’re now all looking forward to seeing the DTM in Munich, for what is sure to be a unique event.”

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