At the fifth round of the DTM at Norisring, Germany, Marcel FÃ¤ssler started from fourth place on the grid and made up two places to finish second behind fellow Mercedes driver Christijan Albers. Despite problems with his brakes and a really bad...
At the fifth round of the DTM at Norisring, Germany, Marcel Fässler started from fourth place on the grid and made up two places to finish second behind fellow Mercedes driver Christijan Albers. Despite problems with his brakes and a really bad start, Fässler was happy with his podium finish.
Second placed on the grid, and Marcel's teammate, Jean Alesi jumped the start by a huge margin which unsettled everyone around him.
"The start was really bad," Fässler told Motorsport.com. Alesi was directly in front of the Swiss and the Frenchman's premature acceleration earned him a drive through penalty. "Jean surprised me," Marcel continued. "I lost a bit on the start but 72 laps are very long. Overall I'm happy with second, it was a good result."
"I had brake problems all the time. Christijan (Albers) was faster each lap. My brakes were giving me trouble but it's not a bad result. I'm still third in the championship and if I have a good race (in the future) I have a good chance to improve my position."
The next race is after a five week break, Donington Park in the UK at the end of July. Fässler is looking forward to it as Donington is one of his favourite tracks. Despite two stop-and-go penalties in last year's race he fought back to come home sixth and score his first point of the season.
"I like Donington," Marcel said. "I did the fastest lap there last year. It's a really good track for me." In the break he will still be busy -- he will be the safety car driver at the Formula One European Grand Prix at Nürburgring next weekend, a role he has filled in for regular safety driver, and DTM racer, Bernd Maylander on occasion before.
Also, Fässler has another two weeks of National Service in the Swiss Army before Donington. "I'm always busy," he says. "But it's better to be busy than have nothing to do!"