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Donington: Mercedes-Benz preview

Return to Donington after Seven Years The third round of the 2002 DTM will be held at Donington Park this weekend, the oldest race DTM track in Great Britain opened in 1931. From 1993 until 1995, Donington saw three DTM/ITC events, with Bernd ...

Return to Donington after Seven Years

The third round of the 2002 DTM will be held at Donington Park this weekend, the oldest race DTM track in Great Britain opened in 1931. From 1993 until 1995, Donington saw three DTM/ITC events, with Bernd Schneider holding the lap record in a DTM car with a time of 1:32.03 since 1995.

The track: Donington Park had not been in use from 1939 until 1977 and now celebrates the 25th anniversary of the return of racing. In 1993, Donington hosted the European Formula One Grand Prix, and is the venue for the annual British Motorcycle Grand Prix. The three DTM events' six races from 1993 until 1995 have been won by Alfa Romeo (3, Christian Danner, Nicola Larini, Alessandro Nannini), Mercedes-Benz (2, Bernd Schneider) and Opel (1, Manuel Reuter).

The drivers: Mercedes-Benz drivers Bernd Schneider, Uwe Alzen and Bernd Mayländer have raced at Donington already in 1995. In that year, Bernd achieved pole position, won both heats and posted the fastest lap in each race. Jean Alesi participated in the 1993 European F1 Grand Prix at Donington for Ferrari and retired after 36 out of 76 laps.

Support: Although Scotsman Peter Dumbreck is the only British driver among the ten Mercedes-Benz DTM pilots, all of them can count on support from numerous particularly interested fans. About 1,000 colleagues from Mercedes- Benz Formula One partner McLaren and the Formula One engine subsidiary Ilmor have been invited to Donington by Mercedes-Benz Motorsport to watch the race.

Bernd Schneider:

"The sweeping corners at the back of the track from Craner Curves to McLeans and the Melbourne and Goddards hairpins are very challenging, and it's not easy to find the optimum set-up. The hairpins offer good opportunities to overtake."

Jean Alesi:

"I like the atmosphere at Donington, especially the fast corners at the back, where the track sweeps along the spectator banking."

-mercedes-

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Series DTM
Drivers Christian Danner , Jean Alesi , Peter Dumbreck , Bernd Schneider , Bernd Maylander , Uwe Alzen , Alessandro Nannini , Nicola Larini , Craner Curves