The Mercedes-Benz team wasn’t really all that great in qualifying, but it looks like the team managed to make the most of the situation in the first DTM race at the Moscow Raceway. Gary Paffett improved upon his P7 start and wound up finishing in fifth place
“We managed to secure vital points today, against the odds,” said Paffett, who is third in the drivers’ standings, trailing race winner Mike Rockenfeller (first place, 94 points) and defending champ Bruno Spengler (67 points).
Paffett added that there just wasn’t enough in terms of pace in order to move up more places.
Things just weren’t going Mercedes-Benz’s way, despite Paffett’s improvement during the race. The team had four drivers in the top 10 of the starting grid, but only one other aside from Paffett managed to finish in the points. Christian Vietoris took tenth place for the final championship point.
Vietoris described the race weekend in Russia as “quite difficult.” He pointed out that the team’s cars were simply too slow. The team also needs to reassess its approach to the tire strategy.
Rounding out the podium for this event are Mattias Ekstrom and Augusto Farfus. The other Mercedes-Benz drivers finished as follows: Pascal Wehrlein – P11, Robert Wickens – P12, Roberto Merhi – P14, and Daniel Juncadella – P18.
The next DTM race will be at the Nurburgring on August 18.