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Zolder: Mercedes-Benz qualifying notes

Bernd Schneider (Vodafone AMG-Mercedes) qualified seventh fastest for Sunday's second round of the 2002 DTM at Zolder, Belgium. In Saturday's qualifying, Bernd set a time of 1:28.687 and was 0.485sec behind the pole time of Martin Tomczyk...

Bernd Schneider (Vodafone AMG-Mercedes) qualified seventh fastest for Sunday's second round of the 2002 DTM at Zolder, Belgium. In Saturday's qualifying, Bernd set a time of 1:28.687 and was 0.485sec behind the pole time of Martin Tomczyk (Abt-Audi TT-R). Uwe Alzen (Warsteiner AMG Mercedes) qualified eighth fastest. Qualifying was decided after the first 15 minutes of the 45-minute session, when rain prevented the drivers from improving their times. Three Mercedes-Benz CLK-DTM, four Audi and three Opel are among the top-ten.

Bernd Schneider set his time on his first run right after the beginning of qualifying. After four minutes, red flags interrupted the session after Stefan Mücke (Service 24h AMG-Mercedes) and Karl Wendlinger (Abt-Audi TT-R) had tangled and parts of the barrier had to be removed from the track.

Jean Alesi (AMG-Mercedes), third in the season opener two weeks ago at Hockenheim, had just one run with two laps after the red flag and qualified 13th with a time of 1:29.466.

Bernd Schneider, Vodafone AMG-Mercedes, seventh (1:28.687):

"Qualifying was held in difficult conditions. On my first run before the red flag I was too cautious. When I tried it again later, the grip level was too low for a top time. However our result in Saturday morning's Free Practice was encouraging, because it shows our progress."

Uwe Alzen, Warsteiner AMG-Mercedes, eighth (1:28.714):

"Due to the changing weather conditions I don't think that qualifying reflects our real level of performance. I'm optimistic for tomorrow's race as our result in Saturday's Free Practice was much better."

Patrick Huisman, CEB AMG-Mercedes, tenth (1:29.275):

"The drizzle made qualifying difficult for everybody. The red flag came out when I was on a fast lap. Later, I wasn't able to improve, therefore I'm quite satisfied with tenth position on the grid."

Christijan Albers, Service 24 h AMG-Mercedes, twelfth (1:29.432):

"I went out too late, therefore I wasn't able to achieve a better result."

Jean Alesi, AMG-Mercedes, 14th (1:29.266):

"My car performed well, as is demonstrated by my best time in Saturday's Free Practice. I just wanted to go when the red flag interrupted qualifying. Later I was too cautious, but even with 13th position on the grid I'm optimistic for the race."

Marcel Fässler, Warsteiner AMG-Mercedes, 15th (1:29.728):

"On my first run, the brake balance was not suitable for the already damp track, and I made a mistake under braking. On my second run I was surprised by a braking manoeuvre of Peter Dumbreck which prevented me from improving."

Thomas Jäger, Original-Teile AMG-Mercedes, 17th (1:30.370):

"I was on a really fast lap when the red flag came out. This was bad luck - later, I was unable to improve."

Peter Dumbreck, Original-Teile AMG-Mercedes, 18th (1:30.664):

"I had some problems on the damp track. I couldn't brake before the chicane and slid heavily. 18th position doesn't reflect our potential, we will look better in the race."

Bernd Mayländer, Oase AMG-Mercedes, 19th (1: 40.248):

"I went out a little too late and was not able to set a good lap time before the red flag. When the rain began to fall later, I was a little too late again which is reflected by my time."

Stefan Mücke, Service 24 h AMG-Mercedes, 20th (1: 53.537):

"In the beginning, traffic prevented me from posting a fast lap. Then I tangled with Karl Wendlinger and slid into the tyre barrier. Our technicians repaired the car real fast, but then the rain began to fall."

Norbert Haug, Vice President Mercedes-Benz Motorsport:

"We're now able to make better use of the new tyres, which was demonstrated when Jean Alesi, Marcel Fässler and Bernd Schneider posted good lap times in Saturday's Free Practice and were about 1.5sec faster than yesterday. In these changeable weather conditions, everything is possible in the race."

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Series DTM
Drivers Jean Alesi , Karl Wendlinger , Marcel Fassler , Peter Dumbreck , Martin Tomczyk , Bernd Schneider , Bernd Maylander , Uwe Alzen , Christijan Albers , Norbert Haug , Patrick Huisman , Thomas Jäger , Stefan Mücke