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Nurburgring: Mercedes qualifying report

DTM Nürburgring, Qualifying: Gary Paffett on Pole Position The DTM's overall leader Christijan Albers (DaimlerChrysler Bank AMG-Mercedes) was fifth fastest with a 1:24.263. Bernd Schneider (Vodafone AMG-Mercedes) qualified eighth with a...

DTM Nürburgring, Qualifying: Gary Paffett on Pole Position

The DTM's overall leader Christijan Albers (DaimlerChrysler Bank AMG-Mercedes) was fifth fastest with a 1:24.263. Bernd Schneider (Vodafone AMG-Mercedes) qualified eighth with a 1:24.480. The first nine cars of the single-lap qualifying were within 0.914sec.

In Qualifying, Schneider was second with a time of 1:23.682 behind Ekström (1:23.390), Paffett followed in fourth position with a 1:23.825. Albers set a time of 1:24.117 and was sixth fastest whilst Jean Alesi (AMG-Mercedes) was on a 1:24.509 and did not qualify for the single-lap qualifying.

Markus Winkelhock (Original-Teile AMG-Mercedes/1:25.062) was the best driver with a last year's car in 17th position. Stefan Mücke (CLK AMG-Mercedes/1:25.446) made a mistake and ended up 19th followed by Bernd Mayländer (CLK AMG-Mercedes/1:25.818) and Jarek Janis (Sonax Dark Dog AMG-Mercedes/1:26.185).

Gary Paffett (AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse), pole position (1:23.756):

"I'm very happy about my second pole position of the year. In qualifying I made some small mistakes and I wasn't satisfied with fourth position, however, in the single-lap qualifying I pushed really hard and I managed to do a perfect lap. I thank the entire team, the car improved throughout the weekend so far."

Christijan Albers (DaimlerChrysler Bank AMG-Mercedes), fifth (1:24.263):

"Due to a bad cold I'm not really fit, therefore fifth on the grid is quite OK. I feel comfortable with the car and I hope to be able to fight for a top position in the race."

Bernd Schneider (Vodafone AMG-Mercedes), eighth (1:24.480):

"Qualifying was OK, but the single-lap qualifying was not. I don't know why, as I didn't make any significant mistakes. Obviously the track conditions changed continuously."

Jean Alesi (AMG-Mercedes), 13th (1:24.509):

"This was my worst qualifying this year and I'm not satisfied at all. Congratulations to my team mate Gary Paffett. With his pole position he has shown what is possible with our car. We will now analyse the data and do our best to achieve a better result in the race."

Markus Winkelhock (Original-Teile AMG-Mercedes), 17th (1:25.062):

"It's good to be the best driver with a last year's car, however, 17th on the grid is not what I had hoped for. My third run would have been my fastest, but I ran into a cloud of dust caused by my team mate Stefan Mücke which cost me some time."

Stefan Mücke (CLK AMG-Mercedes), 19th (1:25.446):

"On my last run I made a mistake in the Mercedes Arena when I had a short off and lost some tenths."

Bernd Mayländer (CLK AMG-Mercedes), 20th (1:25.818):

"I'm not happy with today's result. However, it's a long race tomorrow and it will be tough for the tyres. With a good strategy I should be able to make up some positions."

Jarek Janis (Sonax Dark Dog AMG-Mercedes), 21st (1:26.185):

"This morning we focused on solving a brake problem. Therefore I didn't have enough time for working on the set-up for the qualifying. In tomorrow's warm-up we will concentrate on improving the car."

Hans-Jürgen Mattheis, Team Manager HWA:

"A great job by Gary and our entire team. With his pole position he matched his good performance at the Norisring and at Shanghai. Gary has an excellent basis for the race whilst Christijan and Bernd with their grid positions five and eight have chances for podium finishes. Due to his suspension problem yesterday Jean lost valuable track time which he missed today when he set-up the car for the qualifying."

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Series DTM
Drivers Jean Alesi , Bernd Schneider , Bernd Maylander , Christijan Albers , Gary Paffett , Markus Winkelhock , Stefan Mücke , Jarek Janis