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Hockenheim: Mercedes-Benz Motorsport round 1 preview

DTM, heat1: Hockenheim (short circuit) 2002 DTM: Racing Premiere of the New Mercedes-Benz CLK-DTM On 20 and 21 April, the DTM kicks off to the 2002 season, and Mercedes-Benz enter again ten drivers. or the first time, the DTM features a ...

DTM, heat1: Hockenheim (short circuit)
2002 DTM: Racing Premiere of the New Mercedes-Benz CLK-DTM

On 20 and 21 April, the DTM kicks off to the 2002 season, and Mercedes-Benz enter again ten drivers. or the first time, the DTM features a standing start like in Formula One -- that means even more dramatic moments right at the beginning of each race. The points scoring system, too, is now similar to that of Grand Prix racing. 10, 6, 4, 3, 2, 1 points are awarded to the first six drivers. The Hockenheimring's short circuit is traditionally the venue for the season opener, it has been shortened by 34 metres to 2-604 kilometres and has a new surface with more grip.

Ten Mercedes-Benz drivers and four teams: Defending champion Bernd Schneider (37/Vodafone AMG-Mercedes) has DTM rookie Jean Alesi (37/AMG-Mercedes) as his new team mate. Jean retired from Formula One last year after 201 Grands Prix and joined DTM. In addition, H.W.A. enter the Mercedes-Benz CLK-DTM of Uwe Alzen (34) and Marcel Fässler (25/each Warsteiner AMG Mercedes). All four H.W.A. drivers are running the new Mercedes-Benz CLK-DTM.

The drivers of team Original-Teile AMG-Mercedes (Persson) are Thomas Jäger (25) and Peter Dumbreck (28), Service 24 h AMG-Mercedes (Rosberg) enter Christijan Albers (23) and DTM rookie Stefan Mücke (20), second overall in the 2001 German Formula 3 Championship. Patrick Huisman (33/CEB AMG-Mercedes) is driving for the Manthey team.

Manthey's second regular driver is Bernd Mayländer (30/Oase AMG-Mercedes), but he suffered from a pneumothorax right after the DTM presentation at Rust and had to undergo a lung operation. At Hockenheim, Bernd will be replaced by Marcel Tiemann (28) who drove three races as a stand-in for Mayländer already last year.

Bernd Schneider: "I didn't make standing starts for more than ten years, so I'm a little out of practice, but that kind of start is probably fairer than a flying start." -- Jean Alesi: "It's not easy to change from Formula One to DTM, but after all the tests I'm confident to match my team mates' pace." Formula 3: The Mücke Motorsport team will use the Mercedes-Benz Formula 3 engine for the first time at Hockenheim. The team's drivers are Markus Winkelhock (21) and Marcel Lasée (19).

Hockenheimring (short circuit): 2.604km

Schedule:
Saturday, 20 April
09.45-10.45 free practice
13.05-13.50 Qualifying
16.30 German Formula 3, 1st race
17.30 public press conference with
all Mercedes drivers at the
Mercedes-Benz customer
hospitality in the paddock

Sunday, 21 April
10.15-10.45 Warm-up
11.45 German Formula 3, 2nd race
15.15 Start qualifying race
16.00 Start main race

Hockenheim on German TV:
Saturday, 20 April
13.00 HR Qualifying live
16.00 SWR Qualifying (summary)
17.30 ARD Sportschau, incl. qualifying report
22.00 ZDF Sportstudio

Sunday, 21 April
15.05 ARD Sportschau live
17.10 ZDF Sportreportage
20.15 DSF Highlights

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Series DTM
Drivers Jean Alesi , Marcel Tiemann , Marcel Fassler , Peter Dumbreck , Bernd Schneider , Bernd Maylander , Uwe Alzen , Christijan Albers , Patrick Huisman , Thomas Jäger , Stefan Mücke , Marcel Lasée
Teams Mücke Motorsport