DTM Oschersleben, Preview: Fifth Winner in the Fifth Race? Facts and Figures: Nine of the 20 drivers in the field have been in the lead of a 2005 DTM race, including Mercedes-Benz drivers Alesi, HÃ¤kkinen, Paffett and Bernd Schneider. Audi also...
DTM Oschersleben, Preview: Fifth Winner in the Fifth Race?
Facts and Figures: Nine of the 20 drivers in the field have been in the lead of a 2005 DTM race, including Mercedes-Benz drivers Alesi, Häkkinen, Paffett and Bernd Schneider. Audi also had four race leaders and Opel one. Paffett achieved the most lead laps with 47 out of 139 race laps so far this year, which is more than one third. Ekström led 29 laps and Alesi 27. The Mercedes-Benz drivers achieved 405 out of 663 lead kilometres, Audi 204 and Opel 54.
Points: Ekström (27 points) took the overall lead at Brno from Paffett, who is now second with 24 points. Kristensen is third with 22 points whilst Häkkinen and Alesi are tied for fourth place with 17 points each. The 2005 AMG-Mercedes C-Class will be lighter by ten kilograms, having been the third-placed brand at Brno after winning the first three races. Audi has to add ten kilograms for the 2005 cars and Opel remains unchanged.
History: The Motopark Oschersleben was built between June 1996 and July 1997. The DTM held six races there so far, four in 2000 and one each in 2001 and 2004. Opel won three races in 2000, Mercedes-Benz two (Bernd Schneider in 2000 and Marcel Fässler in 2001) and Audi won last year.
The circuit: The track is 3.667 kilometres long and between 11 and 13 metres wide. It fea-tures relatively short straights and medium fast corners. Overtaking is difficult. Last year, win-ner Tom Kristensen achieved an average speed of 156.189 kph.
The three best Mercedes-Benz drivers of the last race at Brno and their comments on the upcoming event at Oschersleben:
Gary Paffett (DaimlerChrysler Bank AMG-Mercedes, fourth):
"After making a jump start from pole position at Brno which cost me the possible race win and the championship lead I can hardly wait to start at Oschersleben. Last year I was fourth and the best Mercedes driver, this year I want to score a better result. The race on this twisty circuit is physically pretty demanding and requires maximum concentra-tion. I had an intense preparation programme and will do my best to fight for the champion-ship lead."
Jamie Green (Salzgitter AMG-Mercedes, fifth):
"I never raced at Oschersleben before, however, I've seen races on video and the cir-cuit looked challenging. I like that."
Jean Alesi (AMG-Mercedes, ninth):
"It's not easy to find a good set-up for Oschersleben. Therefore, Friday's tests are particularly impor-tant. Here we will be able to do some long runs in preparation for the race and evaluate set-up options for qualifying. At Oschersleben, a good grid position is even more crucial, because overtaking is very difficult on this track."
Norbert Haug, Vice President Mercedes-Benz Motorsport:
"In the DTM races at Oschersleben so far we never looked good and of course we want to do better this time. After three victories in four races with the C-Class and 60 percent in the lead we have a good ba-sis in this season."