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EuroSpeedway: Mercedes-Benz qualifying report

Bernd Schneider Second The first 14 cars within nine tenths of a second Bernd Schneider (Vodafone AMG-Mercedes) qualified second fastest for Sunday's sixth round of the 2002 DTM at the EuroSpeedway Lausitz. In Saturday's qualifying, Bernd set a...

Bernd Schneider Second
The first 14 cars within nine tenths of a second

Bernd Schneider (Vodafone AMG-Mercedes) qualified second fastest for Sunday's sixth round of the 2002 DTM at the EuroSpeedway Lausitz. In Saturday's qualifying, Bernd set a time of 1:39.233 and was 0.206sec behind pole sitter Laurent Aiello (Abt-Audi TT-R). Marcel Fässler (Warsteiner AMG-Mercedes) qualified sixth fastest with a time of 1:39.582 and was second best Mercedes- Benz CLK-DTM driver.

After the Qualifying's 45 minutes, the first 14 cars were within a little more than nine tenths of a second - almost as close together as at the Norisring two weeks ago although the EuroSpeedway is twice as long as Nuremberg's temporary street circuit. After 23 minutes, a light drizzle started to fall, but the warm track surface remained almost completely dry and the rain did not affect the lap times.

Bernd Schneider, Vodafone AMG-Mercedes, second (1:39.233):

"I'm happy with my performance in Qualifying, because we got the optimum out of the car. The light drizzle didn't affect our lap times which has been proved by my lap time on my second run. On my final run, I pushed the car to the limit and everything worked out fine."

Marcel Fässler, Warsteiner AMG-Mercedes, sixth (1:39.582):

"My second run was my best which put me provisionally in third place. I hoped the rain would help me to conserve this position. On my final run I made two little mistakes, which prevented me from improving my time. If you want to be on top on a track like this you should drive without fault."

Jean Alesi, AMG-Mercedes, ninth (1:39.817):

"I had a problem with the changing qualities of my different sets of tyres which led to a changing handling of my car from one run to the other. However, starting in the top ten on the grid I hope for a good result tomorrow."

Uwe Alzen, Warsteiner AMG-Mercedes, 14th (1:39.949):

"I'm very disappointed. Although I was able to improve run by run, my qualifying time is just not good enough. I lost too much time in the first sector."

Thomas Jäger, Original-Teile AMG-Mercedes, 15th (1:40.305):

"After being fourth and seventh in the Free Practice sessions the 15th position in Qualifying is a bit disappointing. I improved throughout the Qualifying but this afternoon we were not able to cope with the track conditions as well as before."

Bernd Mayländer, Oase AMG-Mercedes, 16th (1:40.314):

"One hundredth of a second quicker and I would be the fastest driver with a 2001 Mercedes-Benz CLK-DTM. However, I'm still quite happy with my lap time and I hope to finish among the top ten tomorrow - in the DTM almost everything is possible."

Patrick Huisman, CEB AMG-Mercedes, 17th (1:40.767):

"I had an off on my second run and therefore was a bit careful on my next run, particularly as it had started to drizzle. For my final run we tried a small modification but it didn't work as well as we had expected."

Peter Dumbreck, Original-Teile AMG-Mercedes, 18th (1:40.788):

"Until my third run I had improved consistently and had the impression that this continued on my fourth run, but then I lost about one second and don't know why. Hopefully I will not be involved in any incidents tomorrow, then a finish among the top ten should be possible."

Christijan Albers, Service 24 h AMG-Mercedes, 20th (1:41.065):

"Our team will probably work a long time tonight to try and find the reason for our bad qualifying result."

Stefan Mücke, Service 24 h AMG-Mercedes, 21th (1:41.145):

"This is my home race and I was really motivated when I came here. However we obviously worked into the wrong direction and we lack grip. Our result is disappointing."

Norbert Haug, Vice President Mercedes-Benz Motorsport:

"The time gaps between the first 14 drivers, who are all within nine tenths of a second, demonstrate the competitiveness of the DTM. Again Bernd has proved his class. We should be well prepared for the race. I hope that the drivers will be as disciplined tomorrow as both the top competitors have been at the Norisring so that the spectators will see exciting sport."

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Series DTM
Drivers Jean Alesi , Laurent Aiello , Marcel Fassler , Peter Dumbreck , Bernd Schneider , Bernd Maylander , Uwe Alzen , Christijan Albers , Norbert Haug , Patrick Huisman , Thomas Jäger , Stefan Mücke