Barcelona: Mercedes qualifying report

Bernd Schneider Will Start from the Second Row Mika Häkkinen from Row Three Bernd Schneider (Vodafone AMG-Mercedes) qualified fourth fastest for the eighth round of the 2006 DTM at Barcelona, Spain. Bernd was the fastest Mercedes driver with a...

Bernd Schneider Will Start from the Second Row
Mika Häkkinen from Row Three

Bernd Schneider (Vodafone AMG-Mercedes) qualified fourth fastest for the eighth round of the 2006 DTM at Barcelona, Spain. Bernd was the fastest Mercedes driver with a time of 1:14.132 with a gap of 0.232sec behind pole sitter Martin Tomczyk (Audi). Mika Häkkinen (AMG-Mercedes C-Class) set a time of 1:14.157 and will start fifth on the grid, a little over a quarter of a second behind pole. Alexandros Margaritis (EasyRent AMG-Mercedes) qualified last year's C-Class eighth with a 1:14.883. Mathias Lauda was 10th with his 2004 C-Class, the best result this year with a 2004 car.

In the first part of qualifying on a damp track, Schneider was fastest with a 1:14.372. Jamie Green (Salzgitter AMG-Mercedes C-Class) was the second fastest Mercedes-Benz driver in sixth place ahead of Margartitis in seventh place. Häkkinen was ninth. Daniel la Rosa (TrekStor AMG-Mercedes C-Class/1:15.266), Stefan Mücke (TV Spielfilm AMG-Mercedes C-Class/1:15.277), Bruno Spengler (DaimlerChrysler Bank AMG-Mercedes/1:15.324) and Susie Stoddart (AutoScout24 AMG-Mercedes C-Class/1:15.407) ended up 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th respectively. The gap between Schneider in first and Stoddart in 20th place was 1.035sec. Spengler, the dominant winner in the wet two races ago at the Nürburgring, this time was second to last less than a second behind Schneider.

Häkkinen was the fastest Mercedes driver in the second session; he ended up fourth with a 1:14.374 ahead of Schneider. Margaritis was eighth and also moved up to the final part of qualifying. Mathias Lauda (Second Hand AMG-Mercedes/1:14.750) qualified the 2004 C-Class 10th ahead of Jean Alesi (stern AMG-Mercedes C-Class/1:14.882). Green will start 13th with a 1:15.057.

Bernd Schneider: "Actually, qualifying was quite OK, but on my final run I was unnecessarily blocked by Tom Kristensen; otherwise I would have been on the front row. Tomorrow; I want to turn the tables from the second row."

Mika Häkkinen: "This was a disappointing result for us, as we had aimed for a position on the front row. My team did a good job and I was able to improve throughout the three qualifying sessions. Tomorrow I want to move up and from the third row, depending on the weather conditions, everything is possible."

Alexandros Margaritis: "A good qualifying for me. After yesterday's results, I didn't expect to make it to the top-eight, because we were not among the best in both wet and dry conditions. My team improved my car significantly for today and I thank everybody for their efforts."

Mathias Lauda: "I am satisfied, because I get better and better from qualifying to qualifying. My car ran well and I was able to push throughout. This has not been the case yesterday, but our team prepared the 2004 C-Class very well for today, and the fifth row is the result."

Jean Alesi: "I am disappointed, because usually I like conditions like today. However, I was not quite comfortable with the car. Although I didn't make any mistakes, I was just not fast enough."

Jamie Green: "This was not a good qualifying for me. The damp track was greasy and I did not manage to get my tyres working. If it will be dry tomorrow, we should be in better shape."

Daniel la Rosa: "Already in this morning's free practice we had problems and we are still working to find the optimum set-up. I hope for dry weather tomorrow."

Stefan Mücke: "I am not satisfied. On a wet track, we were not good enough throughout the weekend, and we haven't found the best set-up yet. The track is difficult in the rain. We will now analyse the data to improve significantly for tomorrow."

Bruno Spengler: "Today nothing worked out. I made some small mistakes, got stuck in traffic a couple of times, I also lacked grip and therefore did not feel confident with the car. I want to finish in the points even from 19th on the grid."

Susie Stoddart: "Qualifying was a disaster. I hope we will be better in tomorrow's race."

Norbert Haug, Vice President Mercedes-Benz Motorsport: "All in all we did not the best job today, our performance was not to the point; Bernd and Mika lacked a little more than two tenths. A good performance by Alexandros Margartitis who was eighth in the last year's car, and by Mathias Lauda who qualified 10th with the 2004 C-Class. Congratulations to Abt-Audi and Martin Tomczyk on pole position. As we have seen in the previous race at Zandvoort, with the right speed a lot is possible -- in that race Bernd improved from seventh to second. If he moved up tomorrow one position less I would be satisfied."

Bernd Schneider
Vodafone AMG-Mercedes C-Class
Fourth, 1:14.132

Mika Häkkinen
AMG-Mercedes C-Class
Fifth, 1:14.157

Alexandros Margaritis
Easy Rent AMG-Mercedes C-Class
Eighth, 1:14.883

Mathias Lauda
Second Hand AMG-Mercedes C-Class
10th, 1:14.750

Jean Alesi
stern AMG-Mercedes C-Class
11th, 1:14.882

Jamie Green
Salzgitter AMG-Mercedes C-Class
13th, 1:15.057

Daniel la Rosa
TrekStor AMG-Mercedes C-Class
17th, 1:15.266

Stefan Mücke
TV-Spielfilm AMG-Mercedes C-Class
18th, 1:15.277

Bruno Spengler
DaimlerChrysler Bank AMG-Mercedes C-Class
19th, 1:15.324

Susie Stoddart
AutoScout24 AMG-Mercedes C-Class
20th, 1:15.407

-credit: mercedes

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Series DTM
Drivers Jean Alesi , Mika Hakkinen , Tom Kristensen , Martin Tomczyk , Bernd Schneider , Norbert Haug , Bruno Spengler , Alexandros Margaritis , Mathias Lauda , Stefan Mücke , Daniel la Rosa , Jamie Green , Alexandros Marga