Mortara and Green lock out the front row for Audi
Edoardo Mortara and Jamie Green got themselves good grid positions for the first race at Spielberg: in qualifying for the ninth DTM season race on Saturday, the two Audi drivers locked out the front row of the grid. Edoardo Mortara will be starting from pole position into the firsr race of the meeting. With a lap time of 1:24.714 minutes, the Italian claimed the best grid position for the second time in his DTM career. DTM points’ leader Jamie Green will be lining up next to him on the front row. Behind them, Mercedes-Benz drivers Pascal Wehrlein and Paul Di Resta share the second row with third and fourth place respectively. Augusto Farfus was the best-placed BMW driver with fifth place in qualifying on Saturday. Mattias Ekström, tied in second place of the points’ standings with Wehrlein, qualified ninth.
Quotes from the best placed drivers after qualifying
Edoardo Mortara (1st place, Audi): “For me, it simply has been a really good day so far and of course, I am really happy. So far, we have clearly shown that we have the car to beat, we are the fastest. In 2012, I already claimed pole position here, the first of my career. In the race, I then also scored my first DTM race win. I just really like Spielberg and the track, and not just because of the good memories. Jamie is immediately behind me and when we manage to keep our positions after the first lap, we should be in a good position for victory.”
Jamie Green (2nd place, Audi): “Somehow, this track here is strange and finding a rhythm is difficult for me. Fortunately, it still worked out in qualifying. At Zandvoort, I didn’t score any points, but here, the chances are very good today. Especially as Edoardo is on pole. So far, he has really been doing an excellent job this weekend.”
Pascal Wehrlein (3rd place, Mercedes-Benz): “I am quite happy with my grid position. However, I think I could have done even better. We could see that in the first half of qualifying, in which I was out in front for most of the time. Given the fact that I hardly got to drive on Friday, I am really, really happy. My guys worked very hard throughout the night and got me a very quick car today. Communication between the team and myself is going very well. We don’t have to talk a lot, we trust each other and we can test two or three things at once without further ado. And that is not the only reason why I am very optimistic as far is today’s race is concerned.”
The first race at the Red Bull Ring gets underway on Saturday evening at 18:10 hrs. First German TV channel ARD is broadcasting live from Spielberg from 18.00 hrs. The qualifying result can be found here.