DTM

Aerodynamic tests for Mercedes

Aerodynamic tests for Mercedes

At the Hockenheim circuit last week, Mercedes ran straight line aerodynamic tests with the 2003 chassis. Currently there is only one new car available to test, with a second to be finished shortly. Mercedes will field four new cars this year,...

At the Hockenheim circuit last week, Mercedes ran straight line aerodynamic tests with the 2003 chassis. Currently there is only one new car available to test, with a second to be finished shortly. Mercedes will field four new cars this year, and probably five 2002 spec chassis', and Marcel F?ssler ran the new chassis in testing.

Marcel Fassler.
Photo by ITR e.V..
"It's difficult to predict what kind of improvement has been made with the new car," F?ssler told Motorsport.com. "Because with the aerodynamic tests you just go up and down, you're not cornering. Sometimes it can be a bit boring but it's very important work for us to do this. But it's too soon to say where we are in comparison to other teams."

In two weeks time there is an official ITR (DTM governing body) test session at Adria in Italy, where all three manufacturers -- Mercedes, Audi and Opel -- will be present. The second new Mercedes chassis will be ready and drivers will have more chance to see how it runs.

"Maybe at Adria we will get an idea of how we compare to others," said F?ssler. "We will share cars with our team mates, some will do work on the new ones, some on the old. After that there are two more free test weekends and then it's time for the start of the season."

Mercedes has yet to assign drivers to teams although F?ssler, Bernd Schneider, Jean Alesi and Uwe Alzen will have the four new cars. F?ssler has driven for Warsteiner for the last three years, along side Alzen the last two -- his team mate will either be Alzen or Alesi in 2003.

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series DTM

User photos

kboxka
DTM

kboxka

89 photos
Evan_DeCiren
DTM

Evan_DeCiren

3 photos
sebestyenrobi
DTM

sebestyenrobi

3 photos
Michael Jurtin
DTM

Michael Jurtin

27 photos
Niicov93
DTM

Niicov93

1 photos
bonycnt9
DTM

bonycnt9

32 photos
wthode
DTM

wthode

1 photos
Upload photo