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Hockenheim II: Mercedes qualifying report

Second Pole Position for Jamie Green Gary Paffett sixth Three brands on the first two rows of the grid Eighth pole position for the C-Class in the 11th race Jamie Green (Salzgitter AMG-Mercedes) will start Sunday's 11th and final round of the...

Second Pole Position for Jamie Green
Gary Paffett sixth
Three brands on the first two rows of the grid
Eighth pole position for the C-Class in the 11th race

Jamie Green (Salzgitter AMG-Mercedes) will start Sunday's 11th and final round of the 2005 DTM at Hockenheim from pole position. In the single-lap qualifying, Green set a time of 1:45.294 and was 76 thousandths of a second faster than Tom Kristensen (Audi A4 DTM) in second place. It is Green's second DTM pole position after Lausitzring in September and the eighth of the year for Mercedes-Benz.

Bernd Schneider (Vodafone AMG-Mercedes) will start his 200th DTM race third on the grid after a time of 1:45.871. Championship leader Gary Paffett (DaimlerChrysler Bank AMG-Mercedes/ 1:47.141) will start sixth.

With Heinz-Harald Frentzen (Opel Vectra GTS V8) in fourth place with a 1:45.888, and 17 thousandths behind Schneider, four cars of three brands are on the first two rows within a little more than half a second. Mika Häkkinen had a short off at the first corner and lost about a second, he qualified ninth with a 1:50.303.

Qualifying with a limit of nine laps per driver was held on a drying track and therefore the first drivers went out only after the first half of the 30-minute session. Bernd Schneider set the best time of 1:49.585 on his fifth lap ahead of Jamie Green (1:50.066). Gary Paffett was fifth fastest with 1:50.245 whilst Mika Häkkinen was eighth with a 1:50.665.

With a time of 1:50.789, Alexandros Margaritis in a 2004 AMG-Mercedes C-Class performed well and missed the single-lap qualifying by one thousandth of a second, the smallest time unit in motor sport. Bruno Spengler (Mercedes Second Hand Cars) was 13th with a 1:50.845 ahead of Jean Alesi (AMG-Mercedes) with a 1:50.943. Stefan Mücke (Mücke Motorsport AMG-Mercedes) ended up 20th with a 1:52.239.

Jamie Green:

"My car's set-up was perfect and I had the advantage to be one of last in the starting order. I had expected Bernd to be faster as he was the last driver; therefore I'm even happier about my second DTM pole position and I will fight for my first win tomorrow."

Bernd Schneider:

"My lap was very good and I was about to achieve the best time; however, I was on the wet part of the track at the last corner and lost time. Starting from the second row is still a good basis for the race. In front of packed grandstands I want to end the season on the podium and hopefully with a win like last year."

Gary Paffett:

"We had a very good set-up for my car, but after my fifth place in qualifying I had to go out quite early in the single-lap qualifying. Therefore the conditions on the drying track were not ideal; but the sixth position on the grid is not a bad basis for the race and the title fight."

Mika Häkkinen:

"Unfortunately I made a small mistake in the first sector and lost a lot of time. Therefore ninth place is still OK. I like this track and I was quick here already in spring. That's why I hope for a podium finish and will give my best to achieve it."

Alexandros Margaritis:

"This was my best qualifying of the year. It's a shame that I missed the fight for Super Pole by one thousandth of a second. However, I'm happy to be the fastest driver with a 2004 AMG-Mercedes C-Class and look forward to an exciting race."

Bruno Spengler:

"I'm not satisfied, because my sector times show that a top-ten position was possible. But I made small mistakes on each of my fastest laps."

Jean Alesi:

"I'm disappointed about my 14th position on the grid. We tried everything in qualifying, but we didn't find grip. If I manage to avoid first-lap incidents I want to finish among the top-eight."

Stefan Mücke:

"The last place in qualifying is really poor. We were far behind our capabilities and have to analyse the data to find out the reason for this result."

Norbert Haug, Vice President Mercedes-Benz Motorsport:

"Congratulations to Jamie Green on his pole position and Bernd Schneider on his place on the second row. In difficult conditions, the HWA team had the right feeling for the perfect set-up and made the good decisions. A good job from Jamie who was 76 thousandths faster then Tom Kristensen."

"With sixth place on the grid Gary has a good basis for the title decision, but we will continue to work concentrated until the chequered flag. Alexandros Margaritis's lap was impressing, unfortunately he missed the top-ten by one thousandth, but he showed what is possible with the last year's cars after Bruno Spengler was fastest in qualifying at Istanbul."

"With Heinz-Harald Frentzen in fourth place three brands start from the first two rows which is the best basis for an exciting final race in front of packed grandstands. We are happy about 16,500 Mercedes customers and employees who bought tickets and will support our drivers tomorrow."

Jamie Green
Salzgitter AMG-Mercedes
Pole Position, 1:45.294

Bernd Schneider
Vodafone AMG-Mercedes
Third, 1:45.871

Gary Paffett
DaimlerChrysler Bank AMG-Mercedes
Sixth, 1:47.141

Mika Häkkinen
Sport Edition AMG-Mercedes
Ninth, 1:50.303

Alexandros Margaritis
Mücke Motorsport AMG-Mercedes
11th, 1:50.789

Bruno Spengler
Mercedes Second Hand Cars
13th, 1:50.845

Jean Alesi
AMG-Mercedes
14th, 1:50.943

Stefan Mücke
Mücke Motorsport AMG-Mercedes
20th, 1:52.239

-mercedes-

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