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Oschersleben: Mercedes race report

DTM Oschersleben: Gary Paffett Fourth Paffett started third on the grid and was third at the end of the first lap. Christijan Albers improved from sixth to fourth on the opening lap, whilst Bernd Schneider lost one place and was fifth after...

DTM Oschersleben: Gary Paffett Fourth

Paffett started third on the grid and was third at the end of the first lap. Christijan Albers improved from sixth to fourth on the opening lap, whilst Bernd Schneider lost one place and was fifth after the first lap. Jean Alesi was 12th on the grid and improved to tenth on lap one.

Paffett made his first pit stop on lap six followed by Albers one lap later. The Dutchman crossed the white line at the pitlane exit and therefore received a drive-through penalty which he did on lap ten. Schneider came in on lap nine.

When he exited the pits he was hit from behind by Peter Dumbreck (Opel). Schneider spun and both cars touched again. Schneider also received a drive-through penalty for ignoring the blue flag. He served the penalty on lap 13 and retired in the pits on lap 25 due to his damaged car.

After his first stop, Paffett was third behind the Audis of Tomczyk and Kristensen and closed the gap. When he got stuck behind Frentzen, Paffett came in for his second stop on lap 15. Albers made his second stop one lap later whilst Alesi pitted on lap 19.

After the second round of pit stops Paffett was third behind Kristensen and Tomczyk. One lap from the chequered flag he made a mistake under braking and had a short off. Manuel Reuter (Opel) came beside him, both cars touched and Paffett ran wide again. He dropped to fourth.

Gary Paffett, C-Klasse AMG-Mercedes:

"It was a tough race. I made my second stop earlier because I was slowed by Frentzen. In the end the tyres faded. I made a mistake under braking, came back onto the track and was touched by Reuter. Therefore I ran wide again and lost one place."

Jean Alesi, AMG-Mercedes:

"A difficult race from 12th on the grid, because it's hard to overtake here. My lap times were better than in qualifying, but I didn't manage to finish in the points."

Christijan Albers, DaimlerChrysler Bank AMG-Mercedes:

"Exiting the pits after my first stop I crossed the white line and received a drive-through penalty. That was the end of my race, because a points finish wasn't possible any more. I hope to reduce the gap behind Ekström in my home race at Zandvoort in four weeks."

Bernd Schneider, Vodafone AMG-Mercedes:

"I saw the blue flag at the pitlane exit and let Manuel Reuter pass. Peter Dumbreck hit me from behind and I spun. My car was damaged so that I had to retire later. I don't understand the drive-through penalty because I was ahead of Dumbreck at this time."

Markus Winkelhock, Original-Teile AMG-Mercedes ended up 16th after two mistakes under braking and a coming-together with Janis. Stefan Mücke, CLK AMG-Mercedes had two short offs and finished 17th. Bernd Mayländer, CLK AMG-Mercedes came home 19th. Jarek Janis, Sonax Dark Dog AMG-Mercedes retired on lap 39 after the incident with Winkelhock, because a part of the body work damaged the left rear tyre.

Norbert Haug, Vice President Mercedes-Benz Motorsport:

"Fourth place of Gary Paffett is not what we had hoped for, because we had the potential for a better result. It should not happen that Albers crossed the white line. Christijan's nine points behind leader Ekström and Gary's 11 points are not an ideal basis for the title fight, but there are still three races to go and we will do our best. Congratulations to Tom Kristensen, Martin Tomczyk and Abt-Audi and to Opel for their podium finish."

-mercedes-

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