Quotes after the race at the EuroSpeedway Ingolstadt/Klettwitz -- Mattias Ekstrom clinched a podium result for Audi at the EuroSpeedway, Timo Scheider the lead in the standings. Quotes after a turbulent DTM race. Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich (Head of...
Quotes after the race at the EuroSpeedway
Ingolstadt/Klettwitz -- Mattias Ekstrom clinched a podium result for Audi at the EuroSpeedway, Timo Scheider the lead in the standings. Quotes after a turbulent DTM race.
Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich (Head of Audi Motorsport)
"Congratulations to Mercedes on their one-two win. Our results today can be fittingly described as 'damage containment.' In the warm-up today it was obvious that Gary Paffett and Bruno Spengler are able to drive at very high -- and more importantly yet, constant -- speed across the whole distance. They showed that in the race today as well and, in addition, had the advantage of being able to drive on a clear track for a relatively long period of time. Mattias (Ekstrom) and Timo (Scheider) on the other hand were in a group with other cars which also cost time. But our performance today was simply not quite up to par with the handicap weight we had after our victory at Hockenheim; that's why we're happy with places three and five as well as seventh by Mike (Rockenfeller) in a year-old car. We kept the lead in the standings and will start with the same weight as our competitors at the Norisring. That promises to be an exciting weekend for all motorsport fans."
Mattias Ekstrom (Red Bull Audi A4 DTM #5), 3rd place
"The points for third place are valuable for the championship fight. Today was definitely not my dream result, but it was okay. My start was good, but then there were only a few laps before the track got very slippery. My two pit stops were perfect as always. The strategy we chose today was the only one possible given the performance capability of our car here at the EuroSpeedway. We simply have to admit that today there were faster cars on the track than ours. So, I'll continue waiting for my top result this year -- but maybe it'll happen at the Norisring. That would be perfect."
Timo Scheider (GW:plus/Top Service Audi A4 DTM #1), 5th place
"I had a very good start and got off very well. Unfortunately, I got stuck between Di Resta and Rockenfeller. I really had to run wide in the first turn. But considering I didn't lose a place it was okay in the end. Our pace in the race wasn't bad, but I wore my tires too heavily behind Rockenfeller and Di Resta because I was following them too closely. While pitting, we had a problem with the left rear wheel nut. That's disappointing because my performance was better than my result. Based just on our speed we could have been third. But leading the standings isn't bad either."
Mike Rockenfeller (S line Audi A4 DTM #11), 7th place
"In the early stages I was running in second place but then realized quickly that it would be tough in the race today. The cars behind me were faster. I was able to keep the pace well in the beginning and was in front of Di Resta again after the first stop. The stops were really great. 'Well done' to the team. With the second and third set of tires I was simply not fast enough -- and I don't mean that with respect to these tires. We don't yet know the reason. My car was oversteering heavily. We saw that, on the whole, Mercedes was stronger here in the race. That's why I've got to be happy with two points."
Tom Kristensen (100 Jahre Audi -- A4 DTM #2), 12th place
"That was a very tough race. It started with position 17 on the grid due to the messed up qualifying. First place in the warm-up shows that my car was very good. However, shortly after a great start it looked pretty disheveled. I received a stop-and-go penalty for touching Lauda, and then a drive-through -- but I don't know why. I'll fight back at the Norisring."
Alexandre Premat (Audi Bank A4 DTM #14, retirement (spin)
"I was in a good position and had passed three cars. The beginning of the race was excellent. I think I was already running in ninth position, but while pitting a problem came up that cost us ten seconds. Afterwards I slid off the track at a place with a lot of gravel on the tarmac."
Oliver Jarvis (Audi Cup A4 DTM #15), retirement (collision)
"What a horrible weekend for me after such a good start in free practice! Unfortunately, I received a penalty for jump-starting. After that, my race was ruined. I tried to make up ground again. I had body contact with Christian Bakkerud's car and broke my right rear suspension in the process. I'll stay positive, though, and am already looking forward to the next race."
Martin Tomczyk (Red Bull Cola Audi A4 DTM #6), retirement (radiator)
"In a way, my race was already over at the start because in the race director's opinion I wasn't standing exactly in the pits. That's why I received a drive-through penalty. I can't understand that. If I had parked exactly in my starting slot I wouldn't have been able to see the lights, which I considered a safety risk. So, I moved into a slightly offset position. After the start there were a few turbulent scenes with Mathias Lauda, who was pushing like crazy -- not only with regard to me, but also with Tom (Kristensen). Then I caught the three year-old cars of Katherine (Legge), Markus (Winkelhock) and Alex (Premat). For me, this internal battle was simply too rough. It's obvious that not only Audi is fighting against Mercedes, but that there's also a fierce internal battle going on. We definitely need to clarify a couple of things in this respect. That didn't help anyone. Due to the duels I caught so much gravel that my radiator burst."
Markus Winkelhock (Playboy Audi A4 DTM #12), retirement (collision)
"I neither gained nor lost any positions at the start. I got through the first turns pretty well but then got caught behind Katherine (Legge) for a while. I think I was a little faster but didn't want to force the issue. When I tried overtaking Katherine I had actually passed her already when she made a braking mistake and hit my rear wheel."
Katherine Legge (Audi Collection A4 DTM # 21), retirement (collision)
"My start wasn't great but okay and I maintained my position. The race was really action-packed. There were fierce battles with lots of body contact between the cars. Unfortunately, in the end, I didn't see the checkered flag."
Hans-Jurgen Abt (Team Director Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline
"On the whole, it wasn't a bad race for us, even though we weren't able to keep the pace all the way. But looking at the standings and considering that at the Norisring we'll be starting with the same weight rating again as our rivals we can be happy. With Timo (Scheider) and Tom (Kristensen), we've got two drivers in front, Mattias (Ekstrom) is within a striking distance. That's a very tight situation -- exactly what the DTM fans want."
Ernst Moser (Team Director Audi Sport Team Phoenix)
"Of course it's a great disappointment that none of our two cars finished the race. On this race Sunday nothing went the way we wanted it to. Arguably as a delayed consequence of several incidents of body contact in the race's early stages Oliver (Jarvis) was forced to retire because a wishbone on the rear suspension of his car broke. Alexandre's (Premat) race ended in the gravel trap much too early too. We need to chalk this weekend up to experience as soon as possible in order to clinch point results again at the Norisring."
Arno Zensen (Team Director Audi Sport Team Rosberg)
"Rocky drove a sensational race and was really running well up to the second stop. We were able to keep the pace too. I want to thank the squad as well, they performed very good stops. It's too bad that in the end we only walked away with two small points. But we know that if you keep working hard success will come little by little. What happened to Markus (Winkelhock) was something we actually didn't want to see happening -- that's what we discussed in the drivers' briefings. Unfortunately, his race was destroyed."