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Brands Hatch: Mercedes-Benz preview

Bruno Spengler, overall leader in the German Touring Car Masters after six races in the 2010 DTM season: "The last race in Zandvoort was not exactly ideal for me -- although I did make a few points that can still turn out to be valuable. In...

Bruno Spengler, overall leader in the German Touring Car Masters after six races in the 2010 DTM season:

"The last race in Zandvoort was not exactly ideal for me -- although I did make a few points that can still turn out to be valuable. In Brands Hatch I want to be further up towards the front again. Lap times in the only 1.929 km circuit will be extremely close together. And apart from two left-hand corners, Brands Hatch only has right-hand curves, meaning greater loads on the left-hand tyres."

Gary Paffett, winner of the last race in Zandvoort and second in overall standings in the DTM after six races in the 2010 DTM season:

"The race at Brands Hatch is on my home circuit and is naturally the highlight for me in the DTM every year. Spectators are offered a lot here as from most of the grandstands they can see almost the entire racetrack. My victory at Zandvoort gives me the additional motivation to close the points gap to Bruno right here just 50 kilometres from my front door."

Paul Di Resta, winner of last year's race at Brands Hatch and third in overall standing in the DTM after six races in the 2010 DTM season:

"I won the race at Brands Hatch last year and the year before last I came in second -- for this reason I have good memories of this track. Racing on a circuit as short as this one is not going to be easy, but I am well prepared."

Ralf Schumacher, starting at Brands Hatch for the third time in a DTM race:

"The last races have shown an upwards trend for me, one which I want to continue at Brands Hatch. However, with 18 cars on this extremely short circuit it is going to be crowded and after just a few laps there will be hardly a spot without dense traffic. Apart from this, the race is physically very demanding - 98 laps in one go, that's quite something. This number of laps is something you don't even get in Formula 1."

David Coulthard, taking part in his seventh DTM race at Brands Hatch, where he won two Formula 3 races in 1991:

"I haven't raced again at Brands Hatch since 1991, when I won both season races in Formula 3 -- in other words the place holds "good memories" for me. The course is a kind of natural amphitheatre and is steeped in motoring history. Being here somehow transports one to the legendary days of our great racing names. It's great for me to celebrate my comeback in England in a touring car. I would be delighted to be among the top ten here on my home ground."

Norbert Haug:

"98 laps, the shortest racetrack, the longest tension -- that's the DTM at Brands Hatch. Anything can happen on the barely two-kilometre Indy circuit -- from Safety Car interventions to faulty strategic assessments to unforeseen weather influences -- and all of these factors can wreak havoc with the order. Both drivers and teams in the pits thus have to be completely alert all the time. After four victories in a row, and five wins in the last six races, all the members of our team are aware that Mercedes-Benz has by no means booked a season ticket to victory for the 2010 championship. However, we want to do everything possible to repeat last year's victory which we owe to Paul Di Resta."

-source: mercedes-benz

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Series DTM
Drivers Ralf Schumacher , David Coulthard , Norbert Haug , Bruno Spengler , Gary Paffett