Four Fight for the Championship With the eighth round of the DTM at Austria’s A1-Ring this weekend, the championship enters the finish straight of the exciting 2003 season. With three races to go, Bernd Schneider (Vodafone AMG-Mercedes) ...
Four Fight for the Championship
With the eighth round of the DTM at Austria’s A1-Ring this weekend, the championship enters the finish straight of the exciting 2003 season. With three races to go, Bernd Schneider (Vodafone AMG-Mercedes) leads the drivers’ ranking with 49 points, followed by team mate Christijan Albers (ExpressService AMG-Mercedes) with 48. Last year’s winner Marcel Fässler (AMG-Mercedes) with 38 points and defending champion Laurent Aiello (Abt-Audi TT-R) with 32 are also title contenders with good prospects.
History: This weekend’s race is the third DTM event at the A1-Ring. The debut two years ago was won by Bernd Schneider, thus clinching the 2001 drivers’ title three races from the season’s end. Last year, Laurent Aiello was about to win the championship prematurely, but he and Bernd Schneider went off momentarily in the last corner, delaying the decision to the following race. Marcel Fässler won at the A1-Ring.
Norbert Haug, Vice President Mercedes-Benz Motorsport:
"Last year, the A1-Ring saw the most thrilling race of the season. This year, the four leading drivers in the championship - Bernd Schneider, Christijan Albers, Marcel Fässler and Laurent Aiello - are within 17 points three races before the end of the season. This is almost as close as before the last three races of Formula One."
Prior to the A1-Ring race it is clear that a Mercedes-Benz team will win the Teams’ Championship, either Vodafone/ExpressService AMG-Mercedes with Bernd Schneider/Christijan Albers (97 points), or AMG-Mercedes with Marcel Fässler/Jean Alesi (66 points). If Schneider/Albers will extend their lead to at least 36 points, the team has defended its championship title.