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Norisring: Mercedes-Benz preview

Gary Paffett, winner of the last race at the Lausitzring and winner at the Norisring in 2004 and 2005: "The Norisring race is the only race on a street circuit of the DTM season and is a very special event for this reason alone. The ...

Gary Paffett, winner of the last race at the Lausitzring and winner at the Norisring in 2004 and 2005:

"The Norisring race is the only race on a street circuit of the DTM season and is a very special event for this reason alone. The atmosphere there is simply incredible. I looked at the statistics and saw that Mercedes-Benz has won all six races at the Norisring in a row since 2003. I was able to achieve two of those victories -- a third win at this DTM classic would be a dream."

Ralf Schumacher, who is starting at the Norisring in a current AMG Mercedes C-Class for the first time:

"The Norisring is the Monaco of the DTM and I really like the track and the impressive atmosphere in Nuremberg with so many enthusiastic spectators. Although there aren't many bends there, the few that exist are pretty demanding due to the heavy deceleration whilst braking from around 260 km/h to under 50 km/h -- my target at the Norisring is to get into the points rankings."

Jamie Green, winner of last year's Norisring race:

"Last year I won the race at the Norisring -- I can hardly wait to finally line up at the start here again. The circuit layout looks simple, but it certainly has its tricky parts. The many bumps are a real challenge and require a high level of concentration, especially when braking heavily before the hairpins. As the summer temperatures are often high, it can become uncomfortably hot in the cockpit at around 60 degrees and we drivers have to be in top form for the 80 laps."

Norbert Haug:

"The Norisring is the classic among the DTM circuits. It's no exaggeration to say it's unique and in my view it's one of the world's top five motor sport venues. We have had some great races there and achieved some first-class results, winning six times in a row and in the "new" DTM even finished as winners in all the other races -- eight altogether -- except for a sprint race and the 2002 round. We're looking forward to this season's highlight in Nuremberg and will be concentrating hard on our work there because we know that we can't repeat our greatest successes of the past unless we continue to improve."

-credit: mb

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Series DTM
Drivers Ralf Schumacher , Norbert Haug , Gary Paffett , Jamie Green