Lausitz II: Mercedes qualifying report

DTM 2005: 9th round at Zandvoort, Qualifying First DTM Pole Position for Jamie Green Overall leader Gary Paffett seventh behind Ekström Three AMG-Mercedes C-Class cars on rows one, two and four Jamie Green (Salzgitter AMG-Mercedes) will start...

DTM 2005: 9th round at Zandvoort, Qualifying
First DTM Pole Position for Jamie Green
Overall leader Gary Paffett seventh behind Ekström
Three AMG-Mercedes C-Class cars on rows one, two and four

Jamie Green (Salzgitter AMG-Mercedes) will start Sunday's ninth round of the 2005 DTM at the Lausitzring from his first pole position in the championship. In Saturday's exciting single-lap qualifying Green set a time of 1:17.489 and was 0.190sec faster than Heinz-Harald Frentzen (Opel Vectra GTS V8/1:17.679) in second place. It is the sixth pole position for Mercedes-Benz in the season's ninth race. Mika Häkkinen (Sport Edition AMG-Mercedes) set a time of 1:18.136 and will start fourth on the grid.

Championship leader Gary Paffett (DaimlerChrysler Bank AMG-Mercedes) qualified seventh with a 1:18.386 whilst Mattias Ekström (Audi A4 DTM) who is second overall one point behind Paffett was fifth fastest with a 1:18.142. Green had been eighth in qualifying with 1:18.130 and had to start third in the single-lap qualifying.

The qualifying on a drying track was decided only in the closing seconds. Häkkinen was third fastest with a 1:17.973 ahead of Paffett (1:17.997).

Jean Alesi (AMG-Mercedes) was 11th with a 1:18.221 and missed the Top Ten by 44 thousandths of a second. Bruno Spengler (Mercedes-Benz Second Hand Cars) was the fastest driver with a 2004 AMG-Mercedes C-Class and qualified 12th with a 1:18.224. Bernd Schneider (Vodafone AMG-Mercedes) was 16th with a 1:18.415 ahead of Stefan Mücke (Mücke Motorsport AMG-Mercedes/1:18.614). Alexandros Margaritis (Mücke Motorsport AMG-Mercedes) ended up 20th with a 1:19.330.

The first 17 drivers in qualifying were within 0.855sec. The three manufacturers took the top three positions - Laurent Aiello (Opel) ahead of Mattias Ekström (Audi) - within 0.214sec.

Jamie Green :

"I'm really happy about my first DTM pole position. This track obviously suits me as I was second on the grid here in May. My lap was not perfect; because I had some oversteer in the last sector. However, the car's overall set-up was very good and I thank everybody in the team for their good job."

Mika Häkkinen:

"It was a positive surprise about my good performance in qualifying and my third position. I tried to improve in the single-lap qualifying, but I made three small mistakes which cost me time. It's a shame, as of course I would have liked the first row better. Nevertheless I want to fight for victory tomorrow."

Gary Paffett:

"I pushed really hard throughout; however, I suffered from a little oversteer and therefore lost time. I'm not satisfied with my seventh place on the grid, but fortunately Mattias Ekström is directly ahead of me."

Jean Alesi:

"I am a little angry about my 11th place, as I got stuck in traffic just on my fastest lap. I'm only 44 thousandths of a second behind tenth place which proves that I could have made it easily to the single-lap qualifying. I'm sure I will improve in the race."

Bruno Spengler:

"Qualifying was a gamble. In the beginning I performed really well and was at the top at one time. However, we had expected rain and therefore I ran out of laps before the track improved further towards the end."

Bernd Schneider:

"A disappointing outcome. A better result was possible today; however our timing on the drying track was not perfect, therefore I ran out of laps in the end."

Stefan Mücke:

"I did all laps with one set of slicks, but this was not the correct strategy today. The tyres faded a little bit towards the end and I was not able to improve. With a new set of tyres a top ten result like in spring would have been possible."

Alexandros Margaritis:

"We made the wrong tyre choice. I went out with slicks at the halfway point of qualifying and wanted to do all laps in one run. As we now know this was the wrong strategy."

Norbert Haug, Vice President Mercedes-Benz Motorsport:

"An exciting qualifying on a drying track which was decided only in the final seconds. Jamie Green did a great job and was the best today despite his early starting position when the conditions were not at their best. Starting seventh Gary Paffett has the same grid position as in last year's race here when he ended up first. Mika Häkkinen also performed well. Grid positions one, four and seven are a good basis for the race."

"Opel drivers Heinz-Harald Frentzen and Manuel Reuter in second and third places show a significant upward trend; therefore we will have to keep Opel in mind during the race. 17 cars within 0.855sec in qualifying and eight cars within one second in the single-lap qualifying prove how competitive the DTM is and the spectators here at the race track as well as the TV viewers can look forward to an exciting battle."

Jamie Green
Salzgitter AMG-Mercedes
Pole Position, 1:17.489

Mika Häkkinen
Sport Edition AMG-Mercedes
Fourth, 1:18.136

Gary Paffett
DaimlerChrysler Bank AMG-Mercedes
Seventh, 1:18.386

Jean Alesi
11th, 1:18.221

Bruno Spengler
Mercedes Second Hand Cars
12th, 1:18.244

Bernd Schneider
Vodafone AMG-Mercedes
16th, 1:18.415

Stefan Mücke
Mücke Motorsport AMG-Mercedes
17th, 1:18.614

Alexandros Margaritis
Mücke Motorsport AMG-Mercedes
20th, 1:19.330


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Series DTM
Drivers Heinz-Harald Frentzen , Jean Alesi , Mika Hakkinen , Laurent Aiello , Bernd Schneider , Manuel Reuter , Norbert Haug , Mattias Ekström , Bruno Spengler , Gary Paffett , Alexandros Margaritis , Stefan Mücke , Jamie Green
Teams Mücke Motorsport