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Hockenheim: Mercedes-Benz preview

The final race of the 2002 DTM at Hockenheim this weekend is the first event for the 470-hp touring cars on the new Grand Prix circuit of the Hockenheimring. 37,000 tickets have been sold in advance; 12,000 Mercedes employees will watch their ten...

The final race of the 2002 DTM at Hockenheim this weekend is the first event for the 470-hp touring cars on the new Grand Prix circuit of the Hockenheimring. 37,000 tickets have been sold in advance; 12,000 Mercedes employees will watch their ten DTM colleagues live. At the back of the new Mercedes grandstand, an extensive programme attracts all visitors.

Parts of the programme are appearances of the Mercedes-Benz DTM drivers between practice sessions and races; live music by MadChick of Soul, acrobatic performances by DTM partner Europapark Rust; playstations with the new DTM computer game; races with model cars (cam cars); competitions; merchandising, catering, and an exhibition of Mercedes-Benz race cars. The area is open to all visitors, both on Saturday and Sunday.

The track: The track was rebuilt and shortened to 4.489 kilometres, and it has been inaugurated with the German Grand Prix on 29 July. The DTM touring cars will pass the spectators now 31 times -- instead 21 times on the old track. There is a new Mercedes grandstand with a capacity of 6,500. It has been built at the new part of the track and the spectators here are able to watch the Parabolica, the hairpin and the following corners live -- this is about one third of the whole circuit.

Jean Alesi (AMG--Mercedes) was the first to drive on the new track with a race car -- his Mercedes-Benz CLK-DTM:

"The new part of the track offers everything race cars need for passing manoeuvres. First they approach the corner at top speed, then they have to slow down dramatically. The hairpin is wide enough to allow different lines."

Bernd Schneider (Vodafone AMG-Mercedes):

"Again, congratulations to Laurent Aiello and his team on winning the 2002 championship. However we will push hard in the final race to make a great show for the spectators."

Norbert Haug, Vice President Mercedes-Benz Motorsport:

"The DTM will attract a huge crowd to the final event. About 6,500 spectators will watch the DTM race for the first time from the new Mercedes grandstand and we invite all DTM fans to attend our Welcome Party. Our teams and drivers look forward to it."

-mercedes-

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Series DTM
Drivers Jean Alesi , Laurent Aiello , Bernd Schneider , Norbert Haug