Five Audi, four Opel and six Mercedes-Benz CLK-DTM among Top 15 Bernd Schneider will start Sunday's 2002 DTM season opener at the Hockenheimring's short circuit from seventh position. In the 45-minute qualifying session on Saturday afternoon, ...
Five Audi, four Opel and six Mercedes-Benz CLK-DTM among Top 15
Bernd Schneider will start Sunday's 2002 DTM season opener at the Hockenheimring's short circuit from seventh position. In the 45-minute qualifying session on Saturday afternoon, Bernd set a time of 58.083sec and was the fastest Mercedes driver. Marcel Fässler (Warsteiner AMG-Mercedes) who also drives the new Mercedes-Benz CLK-DTM, qualified ninth with a 58.235. Laurent Aiello (Abt-Audi TT-R) achieved pole position with a 57.528. Two Mercedes-Benz, five Audi and three Opel, the fastest driven by Manuel Reuter in fourth place, were among the top-ten positions while the first 14 cars were within one second. Bernd Schneider posted his fastest lap on his first run. Afterwards, he was fastest in the first sector but lost his advantage in the third and final sector. On his fourth and final run, Bernd ran wide in the last corner and came on the grass shortly. The two Mercedes-Benz DTM rookies Jean Alesi (AMG-Mercedes/58.523) and Stefan Mücke (Service 24 h AMG-Mercedes/58.748) qualified 14th and 19th.
Bernd Schneider, Vodafone AMG-Mercedes, seventh (58.083):
"My car ran pretty well which was demonstrated by my best sector time in the first part of the track. Therefore, I am really angry about my performance in the stadium sector where I lost a better starting position. However we have a good race set-up with full tanks so we will hopefully achieve a better result tomorrow."
Marcel Fässler, Warsteiner AMG-Mercedes, ninth (58.235):
"We tried everything in the third sector, I was on several different lines but never found the optimum. Now we have to analyse our data to find out what is wrong and to improve our set-up for tomorrow's race."
Peter Dumbreck, Original-Teile AMG-Mercedes, eleventh (58.410):
"My third run seemed to be my best, but in the second-to-last corner, I lost the back of my car. I managed to avoid to go off, but I lost valuable time."
Uwe Alzen, Warsteiner AMG-Mercedes, 13th (58.487):
"During Friday's tests everything was fine and we therefore had expected a better qualifying result, but today I couldn't manage to drive a really fast lap. On my last run, the car had a lot of oversteer under braking into corners and I had an off. But I'm confident that we will have a better race set-up tomorrow."
Jean Alesi, AMG-Mercedes, 14th (58.523):
"I'm very happy that the championship is starting now, and that I'm competing in the DTM. My result is not what I had expected. I think I have to change my strategy for the qualifying. I'm looking forward to the race with hopefully better results tomorrow."
Thomas Jäger, Original-Teile AMG-Mercedes, 15th (58.556):
"This is not a good result, but after the problems we experienced in this morning's Free Practice session, I'm still quite satisfied with 15th positon. We have a lot of work to do until Sunday's race."
Christijan Albers, Service 24 h AMG-Mercedes, 17th (58.721):
"I had problems with understeer throughout, which was probably caused by the tyre pressure; we will have to analyse that. I'm confident that we will find a good race set-up and will be able to move up the grid tomorrow."
Stefan Mücke, Service 24h AMG-Mercedes, 19th (58.748):
"For me it was the first Qualifying of this kind. I still have to learn to get the maximum out of the car and put everything together for one fast lap. Tomorrow I want to learn, my target is to see the chequered flag."
Marcel Tiemann, Oase AMG-Mercedes,20th (58.816):
"I tried everything to go faster, but it didn't work, although I was at the limit all the time. I'm not satisfied at all."
Patrick Huisman, CEB AMG-Mercedes, 21st (58.950):
"Of course, I'm not happy with today's result. I had no grip at the front, therefore I had understeer throughout, especially in the stadium sector."
Norbert Haug, Vice President Mercedes-Benz Motorsport:
"Five Audi, four Opel and six Mercedes- Benz among the top-15, and all within a little more than one second promise an exciting race tomorrow. Of course, we didn't expect the fastest Mercedes in seventh position; but this shows how hard we have to fight and that nothing must go wrong if you want to be at the front. We all look forward to the new format with a standing start."