Brno: Mercedes qualifying report

Gary Paffett on Pole Position Mercedes-Benz ahead of Opel and Audi in the first three grid positions Gary Paffett (DaimlerChrysler Bank AMG-Mercedes) will start Sunday's fourth round of the 2005 DTM from pole position. In Saturday's ...

Gary Paffett on Pole Position
Mercedes-Benz ahead of Opel and Audi in the first three grid positions

Gary Paffett (DaimlerChrysler Bank AMG-Mercedes) will start Sunday's fourth round of the 2005 DTM from pole position. In Saturday's single-lap qualifying, Paffett set a time of 1:52.191 and was 0.180sec faster than Heinz-Harald Frentzen (Opel Vectra GTS) in second place.

With Tom Kristensen (Audi A4 DTM/1:52.442) in third place, for the first time this year all three manufacturers will start from the top-three grid positions. It is Paffett's second pole position in the fourth race of the season.

Mika Häkkinen (Sport Edition AMG-Mercedes) qualified fifth fastest with a 1:52.610. Bernd Schneider (Vodafone AMG-Mercedes/1:53.074) will start Sunday's race eighth ahead of Jamie Green (Salzgitter AMG-Mercedes/1:53.883).

Due to a short rain shower between qualifying and single-lap qualifying the track conditions during the fight for Super Pole were worse than before and a handicap for the drivers who had to go out first.

Paffett also set the fastest time in qualifying achieving his time of 1:52.173 on his first run. Schneider improved to sixth in the closing seconds and made it to the single-lap qualifying with a 1:52.585.

Häkkinen was eighth with a 1:52.711 ahead of Green with a 1:52.748. Jean Alesi (AMG-Mercedes) missed the fight for Super Pole by 96 thousandths of a second and ended up eleventh with a 1:52.868.

2004-car drivers Bruno Spengler (Mercedes Second Hand Cars/1:53.485) as well as Mücke Motorsport team mates Stefan Mücke (1:53.693) and Alexandros Margaritis (1:54.086) finished 18th, 19th and 20th respectively. The first 15 drivers in qualifying were within 0.922sec.

Gary Paffett:

"I'm really happy. My C-Class was first-class and I set the fastest lap in qualifying already on my first run. My lap in the single-lap qualifying was almost perfect. I thank my team for a perfect car. However, tomorrow it will be a tough fight with the Opels and Audis."

Mika Häkkinen:

"I improved from eighth in qualifying to fifth in the single-lap qualifying. This is quite a good result, but I'm not really satisfied. Brno is a difficult track and I will try to further improve tomorrow."

Bernd Schneider:

"OK, but the track conditions were everything but perfect. I made no mistakes and I think I will be able to improve tomorrow from my eighth position on the grid."

Jamie Green:

"After the short rain shower the track was still a little bit wet and I wasn't able to push as hard as I wanted. However, all in all my lap was OK. Unfortunately, it wasn't possible to go faster at this time."

Jean Alesi:

"My car ran well and I can't complain about anything. However, I missed the fight for Super Pole by a little less than one tenth of a second. I'm sorry for my team, but tomorrow is another day."

Bruno Spengler:

"Qualifying was not bad, however, with the last year's cars it's difficult to keep pace with the new cars on this circuit. But our long runs on Friday were promising and therefore I'm optimistic for the race."

Stefan Mücke:

"We had expected that the gap behind the new cars would be bigger than in the races before. After track conditions changed since this morning's Free Practice my set-up did not fit perfectly so I wasn't able to make the optimum out of my tyres."

Alexandros Margaritis:

"It was clear that it would be more difficult for us than earlier this season. The many medium fast corners do not quite suit our car. With my set-up I could not make the best out of my tyres."

Norbert Haug, Vice President Mercedes-Benz Motorsport:

"Congratulations to Gary Paffett; he, his engineer and his team did a great job. Particularly his time in the last sector was impressive. Thank you to the HWA team under Gerhard Ungar and Hans-Jürgen Mattheis who prepared a first-class C-Class for him."

"Congratulations to Opel and Heinz-Harald Frentzen on their position on the first row of the grid. Three brands are in the top-three grid positions within a quarter of a second, all three have a chance of winning. I'm sure it will be an exciting race tomorrow."

Gary Paffett
DaimlerChrysler Bank AMG-Mercedes
Pole Position, 1:52.191

Mika Häkkinen
Sport Edition AMG-Mercedes
Fifth, 1:52.610

Bernd Schneider
Vodafone AMG-Mercedes
Eighth, 1:53.074

Jamie Green
Salzgitter AMG-Mercedes
Ninth, 1:53.883

Jean Alesi
11th, 1:52.868

Bruno Spengler
Mercedes Second Hand Cars
18th, 1:53.485

Stefan Mücke
Mücke Motorsport AMG-Mercedes
19th, 1:53.693

Alexandros Margaritis
Mücke Motorsport AMG-Mercedes
20th, 1:54.086


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Series DTM
Drivers Heinz-Harald Frentzen , Jean Alesi , Mika Hakkinen , Bernd Schneider , Norbert Haug , Bruno Spengler , Gary Paffett , Alexandros Margaritis , Stefan Mücke , Jamie Green , Gerhard Ungar
Teams Mücke Motorsport