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Norisring: Mercedes preview

DTM at prime time: The sixth round of the 2005 DTM at Nuremberg's Norisring this coming weekend is expected to be the highlight of an exciting Sunday filled with sport. Following the broadcast from the Tour de France, German TV network ARD will...

DTM at prime time: The sixth round of the 2005 DTM at Nuremberg's Norisring this coming weekend is expected to be the highlight of an exciting Sunday filled with sport. Following the broadcast from the Tour de France, German TV network ARD will show LIVE the DTM from Nuremberg. The race therefore will start at 05:40 p.m., three and a half hours later than usual. Also qualifying and the fight for Super Pole on Saturday will therefore begin in the late afternoon only.

Facts and figures: The Championship leaders are separated by one point only: Gary Paffett (DaimlerChrysler Bank AMG-Mercedes), winner at Oschersleben two weeks ago, has 34 points. Mattias Ekström (Audi) leads with 35 points. Mercedes drivers have won four out of five races of the 2005 DTM so far. Apart from Paffett, who is the only driver this year to win two races, Jean Alesi (AMG-Mercedes) and Mika Häkkinen (Sport Edition AMG-Mercedes) have achieved victories.

The circuit: The 2.3 kilometre long Norisring is the shortest on the DTM calendar. 72 times the divers will pass the huge grand stand at start and finish. A lap is shorter than 50 seconds.

Technology: Among the circuits on the DTM calendar, the Norisring is the most challenging for the brakes. Whilst braking at the Grundig hairpin, brake temperature raises to 800 degrees Celsius. Decelerating here from about 260 kph to 45 kph, the drivers have to endure forces of 2G. To maintain this brake performance for 72 laps even at high ambient temperatures, the brakes are equipped with biggest possible air ducts.

Mercedes drivers' comments prior to the race:

Gary Paffett (DaimlerChrysler Bank AMG-Mercedes, winner of the last race at Oschersleben):

"At this temporary street circuit, we continuously change between accelerating and braking. We are well prepared and I hope to win again, as I did last year. I hope it will work out, because then I will be back in the championship lead."

Jamie Green (Salzgitter AMG-Mercedes, third at Oschersleben):

"The track looks simple, however it is quite tricky as I realised when I had an accident in practice last year. With the bumpy surface and the walls and guard rails so close to the track you have to drive very precisely. "

Bernd Schneider (Vodafone AMG-Mercedes, fourth at Oschersleben):

"I scored three victories at the Norisring so far. After my fourth place at Oschersleben I want to continue my upswing."

Mika Häkkinen (Sport Edition AMG-Mercedes, retired at Oschersleben):

"I know the Norisring only from TV; however, I'm looking forward to this race in front of such an enthusiastic crowd. I heard that the Norisring is quite tricky, particularly the many bumps at the brake zones. I like these challenges and I want to show the spectators an exciting race with me among the top contenders."

Norbert Haug, Vice President Mercedes-Benz Motorsport:

"With only four corners, the Norisring looks simple; however, the track is quite a challenge. The quick rhythm of accelerating, braking and turning in is an extreme challenge for the drivers and for the cars, which pass the same spot every 50 seconds."

"The Norisring requires maximum engine power and high top speeds, but you also need good brake performance and precise steering control. To win here you need full concentration, a perfectly working car and the ability to do 72 qualifying laps in a row if required."

"Our drivers with the 2005 C-Class will have an additional weight of 20 kilograms at Nuremberg, as they had in the races at Spa and Brno. This is a real handicap, but everybody in the team will fight for another success at the Norisring and to show the crowd at the track and the TV viewers an exciting race."

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Series DTM
Drivers Jean Alesi , Mika Hakkinen , Bernd Schneider , Norbert Haug , Mattias Ekström , Gary Paffett , Jamie Green