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Brno: Mercedes qualifying report

DTM Brno, Qualifying: Christijan Albers Second In the qualifying, Christijan Albers (1:53.558) and Gary Paffett (1:53.569) had ended up fifth and sixth respectively seperated by 11 thousandths of a second. Jean Alesi (AMG-Mercedes) was 13th with...

DTM Brno, Qualifying: Christijan Albers Second

In the qualifying, Christijan Albers (1:53.558) and Gary Paffett (1:53.569) had ended up fifth and sixth respectively seperated by 11 thousandths of a second. Jean Alesi (AMG-Mercedes) was 13th with a 1:54,147 whilst Bernd Schneider (Vodafone AMG-Mercedes) finished 15th with a time of 1:54.493. Both missed the single-lap qualifying.

Jarek Janis (Sonax Dark Dog AMG-Mercedes) achieved a 1:55.435 starting his home race 17th on the grid as the best driver with a last year's car. He is followed by Stefan Mücke (CLK AMG-Mercedes/1:55.782), Markus Winkelhock (Original-Teile AMG-Mercedes/1:55.812) and Bernd Mayländer (CLK AMG-Mercedes/1:55.857) in the next positions.

According to the rules, Mücke will start from the back of the grid after his team had changed the engine during the last event.

Christijan Albers (DaimlerChrysler Bank AMG-Mercedes), second (1:53.231):

"I'm satisfied with my second position on the grid. It's a good basis for tomorrow's race. However, it will be not easy to win with Mattias Ekström starting ahead of me, but I will fight. I thank everybody in the team for their great efforts."

Gary Paffett (C-Klasse AMG-Mercedes), seventh (1:53.704):

"After qualifying, we made some minor changes to the set-up which unfortunately didn't pay off. On my super pole lap I made some mistakes and therefore ended up seventh. This is not an ideal basis, but at the Lausitzring I was able to improve from seventh to first."

Jean Alesi (AMG-Mercedes), 13th (1:54.147):

"I missed the single-lap qualifying for the fourth time. I want to improve the car and myself together with my engineers in tomorrow's warm-up und then I aim for a much better result in the race."

Bernd Schneider (Vodafone AMG-Mercedes), 15th (1:54.493):

"I'm not happy. I had an uneventful qualifying, however, during my fastest lap the track was dirty. It's not easy to finish within the points starting 15th, but I'll step on the gas."

Jarek Janis (Sonax Dark Dog AMG-Mercedes), 17th (1:55.435):

"Our team worked well and I'm happy top be the best driver with a last year's car. During warm-up, we will try some modifications to the set-up with which we want to improve in the race."

Stefan Mücke (CLK AMG-Mercedes), 18th (1:55.782):

"A better position would have been possible, however, as I have to start from the back of the grid due after we had changed the engine in the last race, we concentrated more on preparing for the race instead for qualifying."

Markus Winkelhock (Original-Teile AMG-Mercedes), 19th (1:55.812):

"On my first run I made a mistake, during my second attempt I was too careful and on my last run I ran wide twice. It's a shame because I had hoped for a better result."

Bernd Mayländer (CLK AMG-Mercedes), 20th (1:55.857):

"Compared to this morning's free practice I improved by more than half a second. Unfortunately, this was not enough to achieve a better starting position."

Norbert Haug, Vice President Mercedes-Benz Motorsport:

"Considering the circuit's length of 5.4 kms, the margin within the first row on the grid of less than two and a half tenths of a second is pretty small and Christijan drove a good lap. Three brands are within less than half a second. Congratulations to Mattias Ekström and Abt-Audi on pole position. Compliments to Opel and Heinz-Harald Frentzen for a great performance. I hope we will see an exciting race tomorrow. Thanks to Antonin Charouz and his team for organizing the race weekend. Brno is a great track for the drivers and the spectators of whom we saw many alredy today."

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Series DTM
Drivers Heinz-Harald Frentzen , Jean Alesi , Bernd Schneider , Bernd Maylander , Christijan Albers , Norbert Haug , Mattias Ekström , Gary Paffett , Markus Winkelhock , Stefan Mücke , Antonin Charouz , Jarek Janis