Lausitz: Mercedes qualifying report

Pole Position for Jamie, Second Place for Mika This was the proof: DTM qualifying a nerve cracking affair Six AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse C-Class cars among top-eight Green secures second consecutive pole of the season and his fourth in the last five...

Pole Position for Jamie, Second Place for Mika
This was the proof: DTM qualifying a nerve cracking affair
Six AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse C-Class cars among top-eight
Green secures second consecutive pole of the season and his fourth in the last five DTM races

Jamie Green (Salzgitter AMG-Mercedes C-Class) will start Sunday's second round of the 2006 DTM at the Lausitzring from pole position. In an exciting qualifying with changeable weather conditions Jamie set a time of 1:19.390 minutes. He was the last driver on the track and edged out Mika Häkkinen (AMG-Mercedes C-Class) who qualified second with a 1:19.630. It is Jamie's fourth DTM career pole position and his second in two races this year.

A light drizzle started to fall short before the final seven-minute qualifying session in which the lead changed continuously on the damp track. Behind Mattias Ekström (Audi A4 DTM/1:19.968) Bernd Schneider (Vodafone AMG-Mercedes C-Class), winner of the season opener three weeks ago, was fourth fastest with a 1:20.940.

Jean Alesi at the wheel of the Persson team's stern AMG-Mercedes C-Class was the best driver with a last year's car, qualifying sixth with a 1:21.519. His team mate Alexandros Margaritis (Easy Rent AMG-Mercedes C-Class) was eighth with a 1:23.446. Between them, Bruno Spengler (DaimlerChrysler Bank AMG-Mercedes C-Class) qualified seventh with a 1:22.152.

The first qualifying session had been red-flagged after four minutes and according to the rules the remaining ten minutes were added to the second session in which all drivers were again allowed to take part in. During these 20 minutes six out of the ten Mercedes drivers qualified for the fight for pole position of the eight fastest. Among them were Alesi (seventh) and Margaritis (eighth) with their 2005 C-Class cars.

Mathias Lauda (Second Hand AMG Mercedes C-Class) was 15th with a 1:17.642 ahead of Stefan Mücke (TV-Spielfilm AMG-Mercedes C-Class/1:17.661), Daniel la Rosa (TrekStor AMG-Mercedes C-Class/1:17.937) and Susie Stoddart (AutoScout24 AMG Mercedes C-Class/1:18.271).

Jamie Green:

"The last qualifying session was tricky. Our strategy was to drive as many laps as possible and our team executed that very well. I thank everybody for their efforts. I am very happy about my fourth pole position and I will give it my all tomorrow to achieve a good result."

Mika Häkkinen:

"I'm satisfied with my second position on the grid. Particularly in the last part of qualifying driving was not easy because of the slippery track. I want to thank my team; we had the tyres at the right temperature at the right time. I look forward to tomorrow; however, it's going to be tough."

Bernd Schneider:

"Apart from the drizzle in the last session it was a good qualifying. I opted for new tyres but it took too long until they had the optimum grip. Therefore fourth place is OK."

Jean Alesi:

"At Hockenheim I didn't like the new qualifying format, but today I changed my mind. It is good to have several attempts for a fast lap. Considering the very slippery track during the last session sixth place on the grid is a good result."

Bruno Spengler:

"My first run was not bad, but when it began to rain my slicks didn't have the right temperature. My last lap was my best; however I spun at the last corner, otherwise I would have ended further up the grid."

Alexandros Margaritis:

"We knew already after yesterday's tests and this morning's free practice that we could be strong in qualifying. Despite the rain today we managed to perform well at the right time."

Mathias Lauda:

"Today I was much better than at Hockenheim three weeks ago. I have learned a lot meanwhile and I made a big step forward. The team worked really well. Yesterday I couldn't imagine that I'm able to drive a 1:17 and to be faster than two 2005 cars."

Stefan Mücke:

"I'm disappointed about my result as I had expected more for our home race. Today we were not able to make full use of our tyres's potential. We have to analyse our problem and to perform better tomorrow:"

Daniel la Rosa:

"I was not able to drive more than one lap with new tyres, because we were out on the track too late. At that time it was too slippery for a good time."

Susie Stoddart:

"Unfortunately my qualifying was not as good as this morning's free practice. I will now concentrate on a good start and give my best in the race to achieve a good result."

Norbert Haug, Vice President Mercedes-Benz Motorsport:

"Congratulations to Jamie Green on his pole position. He set the pace until his final run, and Mika Häkkinen secured an all Mercedes front row with second place in difficult conditions. Since the Lausitzring race in September 2005, Jamie was on pole position four times in five races and I hope he will be able to achieve the same result in tomorrow's race. With six drivers among the top-eight we showed a strong team performance."

"Also our last year's car and its drivers did a good job as proved by Jean Alesi's sixth and Alexandros Margaritis's eighth places. The HWA team headed by Gerhard Ungar and Hans-Jürgen Mattheis executed a good strategy and we were able to drive enough laps. It was important to be out on the track until the very end. We have a good basis; however we don't feel today like the winners of tomorrow."

Jamie Green
Salzgitter AMG-Mercedes C-Class
Pole position, 1:19.930

Mika Häkkinen
AMG-Mercedes C-Class
Second, 1:19.630

Bernd Schneider
Vodafone AMG-Mercedes C-Class
Fourth, 1:20.940

Jean Alesi
stern AMG-Mercedes C-Class
Sixth, 1:21.519

Bruno Spengler
DaimlerChrysler Bank AMG-Mercedes C-Class
Seventh, 1:22.152

Alexandros Margaritis
Easy Rent AMG-Mercedes C-Class
Eighth, 1:23.446

Mathias Lauda
Junge Gebrauchte AMG-Mercedes C-Class
15th, 1:17.642

Stefan Mücke
TV-Spielfilm AMG-Mercedes C-Class
16th, 1:17.661

Daniel la Rosa
TrekStor AMG-Mercedes C-Class
17th, 1:17.937

Susie Stoddart
AutoScout24 AMG-Mercedes C-Class
18th, 1:18.271


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Series DTM
Drivers Jean Alesi , Mika Hakkinen , Bernd Schneider , Norbert Haug , Mattias Ekström , Bruno Spengler , Alexandros Margaritis , Mathias Lauda , Stefan Mücke , Daniel la Rosa , Jamie Green , Gerhard Ungar