Brno: Mercedes race report

Gary Paffett (DaimlerChrysler Bank AMG-Mercedes) finished the fourth round of the 2005 DTM at Brno, Czech Republic, in fourth position. After 30 laps, Paffett came home 28.503sec behind winner Mattias Ekström (Audi A4 DTM). Jamie Green ...

Gary Paffett (DaimlerChrysler Bank AMG-Mercedes) finished the fourth round of the 2005 DTM at Brno, Czech Republic, in fourth position. After 30 laps, Paffett came home 28.503sec behind winner Mattias Ekström (Audi A4 DTM).

Jamie Green (Salzgitter AMG-Mercedes) ended up fifth whilst Jean Alesi (AMG-Mercedes) came home ninth. Mika Häkkinen suffered from a puncture and had to make an extra pit stop; he finished 13th. Bernd Schneider retired as consequence of a first-lap incident.

In the overall ranking, Paffett is second with 24 points behind Ekström with 27 points. Häkkinen, Alesi and Ekström are tied for fourth place overall with 17 points each.

For the second time this season Paffett started from pole position. However, he made a jump start and received a drive-through penalty for which he drove through the pits on lap five. He dropped from second to tenth and made his first compulsory pit stop one lap later (5.1sec). He had improved to eighth when he came in for his second stop on lap 17 (10.1sec). In the closing stages, Paffett improved to fourth at the chequered flag.

On the opening lap Green moved up from ninth to sixth. He made his pit stops on laps six (4.2sec) and 17 (6.4sec). After 30 laps Green crossed the finish line in fifth place.

Alesi had qualified 11th and dropped to 13th on the opening lap. The Frenchman fought back and improved to seventh before his first pit stop on lap 11 (4.9sec). On lap 20 he pitted for the second time (4.7sec) and finally came home ninth.

Starting fifth on the grid Häkkinen suffered from a puncture on lap three and therefore lost a lot of time and had to make an extra pit stop to change the tyre. He resumed in 19th and last place. He made his compulsory pit stop on laps 14 (5,5sec) and 21 (7.3sec) and eventually came home 13th.

Schneider, eighth in qualifying, was hit by Marcel Fässler on the first lap and retired with a broken suspension at the right front.

Gary Paffett, DaimlerChrysler Bank AMG-Mercedes, fourth:

"I'm disappointed because from pole position I had expected a better result than fourth place. However, I made a silly mistake at the start and that spoiled my race. At least I scored five points."

Jamie Green, Salzgitter AMG-Mercedes, fifth:

"For the first time in DTM I started well. I had a good race and I realise that I gain more and more experience. I'm happy."

Jean Alesi, AMG-Mercedes, ninth:

"This was a disappointing weekend for me. I will now concentrate on the upcoming event at Oschersleben."

Mika Häkkinen, Sport Edition AMG-Mercedes, 13th:

"I made a good start, however, on the third lap I realised that I had a problem with the left front tyre. The extra pit stop cost me a lot of time. Moreover, afterwards I got stuck in traffic and wasn't able to achieve good lap times."

Bernd Schneider, Vodafone AMG-Mercedes, retired:

"There were a lot of cars at the second corner. Marcel Fässler tried to avoid them and hit me. I retired with a broken suspension."

Bruno Spengler, Mercedes Second Hand Cars, was the best driver with a 2004 AMG-Mercedes C-Class and came home 11th. Alexandros Margaritis, Mücke Motorsport AMG-Mercedes, was hit by Fässler three laps from the finish and retired with a damaged valve at the left rear tyre. Stefan Mücke, Mücke Motorsport, retired on lap 13 after his radiator had been damaged by gravel on the track.

Norbert Haug, Vice President Mercedes-Benz Motorsport:

"Gary Paffett made a jump start and consequently received a drive-through penalty. His performance afterwards was good. He set the same lap times as the front runners and ended up fourth with five points. Jamie Green also did a solid job with fifth place.

Mika Häkkinen was hampered by a puncture, and Bernd Schneider had an incident with Marcel Fässler on the first lap retiring subsequently with a broken suspension. Congratulations to Abt-Audi, Mattias Ekström, Heinz-Harald Frentzen and Opel. The championship remains exciting and open. Audi will now get an additional weight of ten kilograms whilst we will reduce our 2005 cars' weight by ten kilos."


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Series DTM
Drivers Heinz-Harald Frentzen , Jean Alesi , Mika Hakkinen , Marcel Fassler , Bernd Schneider , Norbert Haug , Mattias Ekström , Bruno Spengler , Gary Paffett , Alexandros Margaritis , Jamie Green
Teams Mücke Motorsport