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Hockenheim 1st and 2nd practice notes

First and second free practice session 1 - Klaus Ludwig "My fastest lap was quite alright, although I made a little mistake which cost me some tenths of a second. So I think, a time half a second faster or even something around 2:07...minutes...

First and second free practice session

1 - Klaus Ludwig "My fastest lap was quite alright, although I made a little mistake which cost me some tenths of a second. So I think, a time half a second faster or even something around 2:07...minutes might be possible for me this afternoon. Even the top-speed of the car is faster as the engine seems to be more powerful than it was before."

17 - Ellen Lohr "This weekend seems to begin better than the last one. But when I went out near the end of session one on new tyres to do a fast lap, my ABS stopped working and I had to return into the pits. In session two I hadn't done more than three laps before my exhaust manyfold broke and i had to come back to the pits."

20 - JJ Lehto "This was quite nice, concerning that I haven't got all the new parts my team-mates have got", said Lehto after the first session. "But already now I'm sure, that there will be only one possibility to achieve a Top 15 position: If I get a nice slipstream-support by somebody else." After session two (fifth position for Lehto) the Fin seemed really surprised: "I don't know, where this improvement came from, I just did several good laps. Nevertheless it's very difficult here in Hockenheim. On one hand you have to save the tyres for the race, on the other hand the tyres need two laps to start working as they should."

9 - Manuel Reuter "Now we know, I got a slipped disc, but I'm gonna race this weekend, that's for sure. There will be so many Opel fans at the track, I don't want to disappoint them. The second session wasn't very satisfying, as I could do only a few laps before I was stopped by a gearbox failure. So I couldn't do as planned and go out on the tyres, which I will use for the qualifying and race one. Now I just can hope, that my set-up and the tyres will fit together."

19 - Michael Bartels "I was stopped by another broken engine. What else can I say."

14 - Bernd Schneider "I was very surprised, that I was that fast. Nevertheless I hope that it will go faster this afternoon. But - of course - only for me, not for the others."

6 - Kurt Thiim "In session one I didn't do one single fast lap. This was just a systems check, as the car wasn't repaired before yesterday evening after the Magny-Cours accident. In session two we were faster, but I'm not sure, if we're on the right way. We got to make some progress for the qualifying. My transmission didn't fit very well, so we will change this definitely. But there's some more work to be done."

2 - Keke Rosberg "Session one was really alright, but in the second session me and Yannick Dalmas had to watch a heavy shunt. We were going side by side, when one of the silver Mercedes tried to drive between us. Then there was a contact between him and myself and off he went at 300 km/h. He was lucky that he didn't overturn."

5 - Dario Franchitti "Keke and Yannick were going side by side at half speed in front of the third chicane. Maybe, they were just playing around. Then they went one behind the other and I wanted to pass Keke on the right, when he suddenly moved over and pushed me on the grass. There was definitely no way out for me. But I'm alright and it seems, the car will be repaired in time for the qualifying."

11 - Christian Danner "In session one I had just finished my first lap, when a fuel pressure problem appeared. Session two didn't end much better, I had to be pulled into the pit lane after an engine trouble."

7 - Alessandro Nannini "All two sessions were quite alright. There were only some small brake problems and the balance of the car wasn't perfect. Nothing, which can't be solved until this afternoon."

10 - Yannick Dalmas "We tried several set-ups and did a good analysis between the sessions. So we worked into the right direction and I hope on a good qualifying now."

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Series DTM
Drivers Christian Danner , Yannick Dalmas , Dario Franchitti , Bernd Schneider , Manuel Reuter , Michael Bartels , Klaus Ludwig , Alessandro Nannini , Keke Rosberg , Ellen Lohr , Kurt Thiim , JJ Lehto