2013 DTM Season

Latest Mercedes-Benz News

Paffett Finishes Fifth in Inaugural DTM Race in Moscow

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… Continue Reading »


Mercedes-Benz DTM Team Relies on Actros Trucks to Journey 2,600km from Germany to Russia

With the DTM headed to Russia for the touring car championship’s inaugural race at the Moscow Raceway, the Mercedes-Benz team will be relying on 6 units of the new Mercedes-Benz Actros to shuttle the team’s equipment for over 2,600 kilometers in a journey that goes from the team’s German HQ all the way to Russia, passing through Poland, Lithuania, and Latvia in the process. One of the truck drivers for the team, Charl Lohrmann, noted that the Actros was just the perfect truck for this kind of transport job. The safety and reliability of the truck are among the main advantages, not including the sheer ability to transport such valuable… Continue Reading »


[DTM] Mercedes-Benz Preps for First Race in Russia

Formula One may be on a brief summer hiatus, but DTM motorsport action continues this weekend with a very special race. It’s the first time in DTM’s 28 years that a race will be held in Russia, and the Mercedes-Benz team is busy preparing for the inaugural contest at the Moscow Raceway. Christian Vietoris has three podiums so far and is third in the standings at the midway point of the season. He stressed the importance of focus heading into the race held in a new track, not to mention the instense competition so far this season. “The Moscow Raceway is new to everyone and I am really looking forward… Continue Reading »


[DTM] Paffett Wins at Lausitzring

It took a while, but it looks like the Mercedes-Benz team is coming along nicely in the 2013 DTM season. Gary Paffett, last year’s runner-up, took home the win at Lausitzring and boosted Mercedes-Benz up in the standings. “I had a great car,” said Paffett. “This was a perfect race.” The win was coupled with a podium finish for Mercedes-Benz junior team member Christian Vietoris, who got his first career pole position in the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters. It took 26 races for Vietoris to claim a pole position, and this is the first time a junior team member achieved the feat since Mercedes-Benz initiated it this past year. The podium is… Continue Reading »


[DTM] Lausitzring Preview for Mercedes-Benz Team

It’s round 4 of the 2013 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters, and the Mercedes-Benz team is headed to EuroSpeedway Lausitz hoping that they’ll fare better after a disaster of a race at the Red Bull Ring last time out. Christian Vietoris, a junior team member who’s had the best season so far among Mercedes-Benz drivers, said that the 3,478-meter track is one of his favorites. He said starting grid position will again play a big role, as the team has underperformed in qualifying so far. Gary Paffett shared Vietoris’ sentiments in that the cars generally provide good race pace. “If we can just qualify for the first couple of rows, we can… Continue Reading »


[DTM] No Podium for Mercedes, Three Finish in Top 10

The race at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg this past weekend could have gone much better for the Mercedes-Benz team. While there were three Mercedes AMG drivers who finished in the points, it’s hard to get excited when the best finisher is P7 for Christian Vietoris in his DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupe. Bruno Spengler won the race, followed by Marco Wittman and his teammate and former F1 driver Timo Glock. All three race for BMW, which now has its three racing teams taking the top three spots in the team standings. BMW also paces the manufacturer’s championship tally so far, over a hundred points ahead of Audi and Mercedes-Benz…. Continue Reading »


[DTM] Wickens Claims First Career Podium

After a tough qualifying session, there was some light at the end of the tunnel for the Mercedes-Benz DTM team. Robert Wickens managed to claim his first podium finish in the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters, climbing all the way from 13th on the starting grid all the way to P3 at the end of the race held at the historic Brands Hatch circuit. Gary Paffett was the guy who actually finished in P3, but he was slapped with a 5-second penalty after going past the speed limit in a sector during a yellow flag situation. That penalty bumped Paffett down to sixth, and Wickens moved up to the podium to join… Continue Reading »


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