Pole for Robert Wickens in Spielberg.
Mercedes-Benz DTM driver Robert Wickens kicked off
the second half of the 2014 DTM season with a pole position.
Third pole position in the internationally popular touring car series.
Mercedes-Benz DTM driver Robert Wickens kicked off the second half of the 2014 DTM season with a pole position. The Canadian posted the fastest time of 1:25.175 minutes in qualifying for the sixth race of the season in Spielberg, Austria.
This is Wickens' second pole this year after booking the top grid position for the season highlight at the Norisring and his third pole position overall in the internationally popular touring car series.
“Pole position! That's super. Simply fabulous,” Wickens said. “I had no idea how tight it was as I was putting in my final lap. A big thank-you goes to my team. That was by no means an easy qualifying session, but they did a fantastic job. Three Mercedes-Benz drivers in the Top 8 represents a strong team performance. The earlier spin was my fault; unfortunately, I took too much of a risk on Turn 8, and the same thing happened as in free practice. Luckily, I managed to keep calm and rounded off the session with a super lap. We're in the best possible position for the start of the race. It would be nice if we could cross the finish line in P1.”
Happy with the result.
Two more Mercedes-Benz drivers will line up on the first four rows of the grid for the start of the race - Pascal Wehrlein and Christian Vietoris. Wehrlein will be in grid position five, while Vietoris will start the sixth DTM race of the season from seventh place. “That was a good qualifying. I'm happy with the result,” said Wehrlein. “I was still expecting a tough weekend after this morning's first practice session, but we've really improved the car. There was everything to play for in Q3. I was even in P1 for quite a long time. I went out on track right at the start of the third session. I slipped down the field a little at the end, though, as I only had one set of tyres. Still, all is not lost starting from grid position five.”
Wolfgang Schattling, Head of Motorsport Marketing & Communications: “The pole position for Robert came as a bit of a surprise to us. Ahead of the race weekend here at Spielberg, we had been hoping to get one or maybe two cars into the Top 8. But Robert's performance was simply sensational. We have always known that Robert is an exceptionally talented driver, and today he has proved that yet again. The grid positions for Pascal and Christian also bode well for tomorrow's race. All in all, we can feel well satisfied with the way qualifying went. We now have to follow up this performance with a good result in the race itself.”