Warm up: Wickens tops Mercedes Armada
On Sunday morning, everything looks set for a dry race day at the Norisring. Audi driver Timo Scheider was the first to head out onto the track as warm-up got underway at 10.00 hrs. However, he didn’t manage to do a really good lap. Scheider ended up in 21st place in the session. For Mercedes-Benz, it was an entirely different affair. After the dominant performance on Saturday, the drivers from the Stuttgart-based brand also made their mark on proceedings on Sunday morning. In bright sunshine, Robert Wickens completed a very good lap and set a time of 48.372 seconds. The winner of the race on Saturday ended up second. Pascal Wehrlein completed his fastest lap of the 2.3 kilometres long track in 48.714 seconds and thus was almost four tenths of a second slower than his fellow Mercedes-Benz driver, a huge difference at Norisring. Paul Di Resta (48.722 seconds) rounded out the strong performance of the brand in third place.
The Scot not only caught the attention with his lap time. Halfway through the session, he got into trouble at the exit of the Schöller-S. His Mercedes-AMG clipped the wall, Di Resta got into oversteer and spun. A minor collision without any further consequences. The car remained undamaged, as his personal best time later on in the session proved. Once again, Jamie Green ended up as the best-placed Audi driver. The points’ leader set a time of 48.727 seconds and ranked fourth, ahead of the best-placed BMW driver Martin Tomczyk (48.785 seconds). While Green was the only Audi driver in the top ten, BMW could be slightly happier. Behind Tomczyk, his fellow BMW drivers Maxime Martin and Bruno Spengler followed in sixth and seventh place. Eight to tenth place were taken up by Mercedes-Benz with Gary Paffett, Daniel Juncadella and Christian Vietoris, who underlined the strong performance of their brand at the Norisring, with six of the eight cars making it into the top ten.