DTM: Wehrlein leads Mercedes' fightback
After Audi won the first four races of DTM season, Mercedes made strong strike back at Norisring taking all places at podium in the first race! Pascal Wehrlein won in front of Robert Wickens and Gary Paffett, while Christian Vietoris on fourth completed what was the perfect day for the Stuttgarters.
Wehrlein’s gambling with tyres proved to be decisive on the wet/dry track as he went up front in the moments when those who were in front of him went into the pit as the track dried completely. After that, the talented German had a master class of defensive driving and claimed his second career victory in DTM.
At the start of the race Vietoris and Paffett were in charge, but safety car was employed early after the clash of Lucas Auer and Nico Muller. Audi struggled in that moment and former champion Mike Rockenfeller was their best placed driver at seventh place.
All the mess after pitting helped Wehrlein to go top on slick tyres and put Mercedes in a position to completely control the race, but it was a pity for them that Paul Di Resta and Maximilian Gotz had to retire, just as BMW’s pair of Maxime Martin and Tom Blomqvist.
In the end, Wehrlein passed through the finish 0.356 seconds in front of Wickens and 0.386 in front of Paffett, while Vietoris was 0.620 behind winner. BMW won the fifth and sixth place with Bruno Spengler and Martin Tomczyk. Audi’s best placed driver was championship leader Jamie Green on seventh, BMW drivers Augusto Farfus and reigning champion Marco Wittmann finished eighth and ninth respectively, while the last point was won by Daniel Juncadella in Mercedes.