Green wants his fourth win – Paffett has his eyes set on the title
What can the spectators expect from the DTM weekend at Oschersleben? Will the points’ leader, Audi’s Mattias Ekström, extend his margin, on top of the standings? Or will he lose his lead to Mercedes-Benz driver Pascal Wehrlein or his own fellow Audi driver Edoardo Mortara? Bruno Spengler, currently the best-placed BMW driver, also has theoretical chances to move ahead of the Swede. Based on the races seen so far this season, the outcome of the seventh race weekend is very hard to predict. The same can be said from the weather conditions in the Magdeburger Börde. When drivers started off the action of the race weekend with warm-up at 11.15 hrs, the sky looked grey. It was dull, but dry. Outside conditions could be a key factor on the two race days, Saturday and Sunday. And, of course, performance weights were a topic of conversation during the opening press conference. “In the past two years, I coped really well with my car here,” said Jamie Green, who already scored four podium finishes at Oschersleben. “This year, I have a lot of weight in the car, which doesn’t make it easy. However, we have a fast car. We have proven that all season so far. Here, I want to score my fourth win and I feel that I have good chances to do so.”
Two drivers from the DTM field were in a particularly good mood on Friday. After his ban, Timo Scheider was finally able to get behind the wheel of his car again and Lucas Auer is celebrating his 21st birthday. “Being able to drive here at Oschersleben on this very speciual day is nice. I really like the track, I still know it from Formula 3. I hope that I can make myself a nice present with a good result this weekend,” the rookie said. His fellow Mercedes-Benz driver Gary Paffett shares the anticipation: “Here, you really get shaken up. It is tough to drive here, but great fun. It reminds me of days gone by.” Timo Glock had a similar view: “A track that is fun, with many high kerbs. Last year, I had some problems finding my rhythm here and I hope that will change this year. We have to convert our weight advantage into points and podium positions.” Paffett has higher ambitions: “I haven’t lost the battle for the title yet. I know both sides. In 2012, I was in the lead for a long time and still lost out. Why shouldn’t I be able to close the gap to the lead? But, of course, Pascal with the Mercedes has the better perspective at the moment. I think that the battle for the title between him and Mattias will remain thrilling until the final race.”
The 24 drivers will post their first lap times in free practice on Friday at 15.15 hrs. On Saturday, the race weekend continues with second free practice from 8.20 hrs, qualifying from 11.00 hrs and the subsequent 40 minutes’ race from 13.30 hrs. And before the big winners in Sachsen-Anhalt are known, drivers also have to prove their skills once more on Sunday in warm-up from 9.00 hrs, qualifying from 11.35 hrs and in the 60 minutes’ race from 15.10 hrs.