Ingolstadt/Brands Hatch, May 18, 2013 Mike Rockenfeller on grid position two, four Audi RS 5 DTM cars on the first five rows quotes after qualifying for the DTM race at Brands Hatch (Great Britain).
Dieter Gass (Head of DTM): Basically, with four cars in the top ten, we improved our team result compared to Hockenheim. But Id have wished for the two rear cars to have been a bit farther in front. Rocky delivered a superb qualifying performance from the beginning to the end, he was in contention at the very front in each segment. He put that on track in Q4 as well and thus deserves having clinched a place on the front row. Im hoping that a bit more will be possible tomorrow.
Mike Rockenfeller (Schaeffler Audi RS 5 DTM), grid position 2
We had a good car right in free practice and in qualifying here its always really close. The front row on the grid is a dream. Despite having barely missed pole Im very pleased.
Timo Scheider (AUTO TEST Audi RS 5 DTM), grid position 6
This morning, we already had slight problems in free practice especially in the fast turns. We didnt manage to completely stop that. As there were only 25 thousandths of a second lacking for Q4, its hard to say what the reason was. From sixth place, its still possible to drive a pretty decent race. At Hockenheim, I started from first place and finished in sixth, maybe here itll be exactly the other way around
Im a little disappointed with the way qualifying went. I had a good car. In Q3, I made two mistakes. Thats why I didnt get beyond ninth place. I think that without the mistakes I could have easily made it into the shoot-out.
Miguel Molina (Audi RS 5 DTM), grid position 10
That wasnt a bad qualifying session for me. I was in Q3. Unfortunately, I had a small mistake in my last turn. And because here at Brands Hatch the field is so close together in terms of the times, that means its not enough to move on. But for me its a big step forward compared to Hockenheim. On the whole, Im happy.
Mattias Ekström (Red Bull Audi RS 5 DTM), grid position 13
Im disappointed with this Saturday. Even in free practice, my car wasnt functioning optimally. That continued in qualifying, so I wasnt able to drive any really good times. Im hoping for tomorrow.
Adrien Tambay (Audi ultra RS 5 DTM), grid position 16
This is definitely not the result wed been wishing for. I damaged my car on the first lap in Q1, maybe we lost a bit there in terms of performance. I also made a small mistake in the last turn, which cost additional time and positions. Thats a real shame. Now weve got to do a good job of preparing ourselves and attack tomorrow.
Jamie Green (Red Bull Audi RS 5 DTM), grid position 18
Unfortunately, my fastest lap in Q1 was cancelled because I crossed the finish line just a tiny bit too late. Otherwise Id have made it into Q2 and then Id have continued to move forward on the grid. Thats frustrating, unfortunately.
Filipe Albuquerque (Audi Financial Services RS 5 DTM), grid position 19
The whole weekend hasnt been going well for me so far. In free practice, I didnt have an optimal set-up. For qualifying, my team and I made some changes, but that didnt improve things a lot. 19th place isnt satisfactory. But at Hockenheim we saw that overtaking is possible in the DTM in 2013, thats why Im still pretty optimistic for the race.
Hans-Jürgen Abt (Team Director Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline): That was really a fair-to-middling qualifying session for us. I think more would have been possible. But we were either in traffic or didnt get the laps right on the dot. In the end, were well prepared for the race and are hoping to clinch a decent result.
Ernst Moser (Team Director Audi Sport Team Phoenix): Im proud of my team. Rocky and Miguel (Molina) both did a superb job. The front row is a great result for Rocky. Miguel was very quick too. For him, more than the fifth row would have been possible he had the potential for a place at the very front too. In the final analysis, both cars showed a superb performance and were taking that with us into the race now. Im hoping for us to be in contention for victory with both cars.
Arno Zensen (Team Director Audi Sport Team Rosberg): After the poor result from the free practice session it was pleasing that we at least put Edoardo (Mortara) into the top ten. For him, without his mistake in the last turn, more would probably have been possible. That was a shame.