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A1-Ring: Mercedes-Benz qualifying report

Bernd Schneider and Jean Alesi on the Second Row 14 cars within nine tenths of a second, Bernd Schneider 0.124sec behind the pole position of Laurent Aiello (Abt-Audi TT-R) Mercedes-Benz CLK-DTM drivers Bernd Schneider and Jean Alesi will ...

Bernd Schneider and Jean Alesi on the Second Row
14 cars within nine tenths of a second, Bernd Schneider 0.124sec behind the pole position of Laurent Aiello (Abt-Audi TT-R)

Mercedes-Benz CLK-DTM drivers Bernd Schneider and Jean Alesi will start tomorrow's eighth round of the 2002 DTM at Austria's A1-Ring from the second row on the grid. Bernd (Vodafone AMG-Mercedes) qualified third fastest with a time of 1:27.712 whilst Jean (AMG-Mercedes) was on a 1:27.934. Laurent Aiello (Abt-Audi TT-R) took pole position with a 1:27.588.

Bernd Schneider, Laurent Aiello and Mattias Ekström (Abt-Audi TT-R) fought a close battle for the top spot on the grid. Ekström set the first best time, but on his third run Bernd headed the time sheets. In the closing minutes, when Ekström had a short off and Bernd lost time in traffic, Aiello set the final pole position time.

Bernd Schneider, Vodafone AMG-Mercedes, third (1:27.712):

"In Qualifying we got the maximum out of our car, however we lost almost half a second compared to my fastest lap in this morning's Free Practice due to the higher ambient temperatures which made the track slower. I was not able to improve with my last set of tyres as a modification of the set-up didn't bring the desired result. In the race things might look completely different when both starts, the right strategy and a quick pit stop may play a role for the outcome."

Jean Alesi, AMG-Mercedes, fourth (1:27.934):

"I'm happy with my position on the second row which is a good basis for the race. Hopefully, I will be able finish on the podium for our team."

Uwe Alzen, Warsteiner AMG-Mercedes, seventh (1:28.007):

"On my last two fast laps there were yellow flags, both caused by drivers spinning off the track. Therefore I had to back off both times, otherwise a better result would have been possible as the gap to fourth position is only 73 thousandths of a second."

Bernd Mayländer, Oase AMG-Mercedes, eleventh (1:28.373):

"The whole weekend so far we worked consistently in the right direction and were able to improve in Qualifying by another three tenths of a second. Compliments to our team this is my best Qualifying result this year and I'm the fastest driver with a 2001 model."

Marcel Fässler, Warsteiner AMG-Mercedes, twelfth (1:28.456):

"So far, this has not been my weekend. I'm not able to cope well with this track, but this is no excuse for my Qualifying result."

Thomas Jäger, Original-Teile AMG-Mercedes, 16th (1:28.673):

"My left front wheel locked several times caused by a slow puncture which we didn't realise immediately. Therefore I drove a little bit slower than possible."

Peter Dumbreck, Original-Teile AMG-Mercedes, 17th (1:28.687):

"I made three runs each with two fast laps and managed to go faster every time. On my last two laps I was slowed by three cars which were on their in-lap and then I hit the yellow flag in the closing minutes so I was not able to improve further."

Patrick Huisman, CEB AMG-Mercedes, 18th (1:28.819):

"After yesterday's and this morning's disappointing results, I didn't expect much from Qualifying. However after we had solved our problem with the brake balance, we were able to improve and I hope we can continue this trend in Sunday's race."

Stefan Mücke, Service 24 h AMG-Mercedes, 19th (1:28.904):

"We lack a bit of grip, but we hopefully will be able to solve this problem until tomorrow."

Christijan Albers, Service 24 h AMG-Mercedes, 20th (1:29.029):

A Qualifying to forget. I don't know what to do, so we have to analyse the data to learn, why we were not able to score better lap times."

Norbert Haug, Mercedes-Benz Motorsportchef:

"Qualifying proved how competitive the DTM is. The first 14 cars are within nine tenths of a second, Bernd is 0.124sec behind pole position and alongside him Jean Alesi will start fourth. Bernd Mayländer did a great job to qualify his 2001 model eleventh on the grid. We work hard for a good result in tomorrow's race and we don't give up until the chequered flag drops in the final race at Hockenheim."

-mercedes-

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Series DTM
Drivers Jean Alesi , Laurent Aiello , Marcel Fassler , Peter Dumbreck , Bernd Schneider , Bernd Maylander , Uwe Alzen , Christijan Albers , Norbert Haug , Mattias Ekström , Patrick Huisman , Thomas Jäger , Stefan Mücke