Stuttgart - The big DTM season finale will be staged this coming weekend (October19th-20th), as the Hockenheimring Baden-Wurttemberg hosts the DTM for the second time this year.
The track: The home race of Mercedes-Benz takes place at the same venue utilised for the traditional season opener, covering 42 laps of the 4.574km track configuration, which equates to a distance of 192.108 kilometres - the second longest race after Spielberg (203.322km). Taken at around 270 km/h, the section of track from the Parabolica to the hairpin is the fastest piece of track on the DTM calendar, and drivers are at full throttle for 64% of a single lap.
Celebrity guest Lewis Hamilton: Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton will be at the DTM finale in Hockenheim on Sunday 20th October. The MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS driver will also be climbing into the cockpit to chauffeur guests and prize winners around the circuit in a Mercedes-Benz DTM racing taxi. "I associate my time in the Formula 3 Euro Series, which is a support series to the DTM, with many very fond memories and am looking forward to seeing a lot of familiar faces in the Hockenheim paddock," said Hamilton. On Sunday 20th October at 10.30am, Lewis Hamilton will attend a press conference in the Baden-Württemberg Centre (4th floor) and take questions from journalists.
Comments on the DTM race at Hockenheim
Christian Vietoris (24, Germany, DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé):
"The season started very well for me in Hockenheim with my first podium finish in the DTM and my objective is to finish the DTM year this weekend just as successfully as I began it. I'm currently third in the overall standings and have thus fulfilled this year's goal, which was to finish among the top five in the championship. Now, of course, I aim to defend my third place in the finale, which will certainly not be easy, given the way drivers are tightly bunched together in the rankings. Unfortunately, our recent results have not met expectations and were not what we required, but I'm confident that we can fight our way back to the top at Hockenheim. It will be particularly interesting this weekend to observe the strategies of the different teams, because, for the first time at a track, race data for the new option tyres will be available to us. That could lead to some interesting takes on race strategy."
Robert Wickens (24, Canada, STIHL Mercedes AMG C-Coupé):
"A great many fans and Mercedes-Benz colleagues will be in the Motodrom and in the Mercedes grandstand to wish us luck and cheer us on in our home race at Hockenheim. Unfortunately, I didn't provide them with a good result in the first event of the season - my race was over after a few laps, and that makes me all the more determined to put on an exciting race in the finale for the spectators. My goal for this season was to consistently finish in the points and maybe even achieve a podium - I succeeded in doing that with three podium finishes, including my first DTM victory at the Nürburgring. I now want to round off the season with another successful result in the finale."
Gary Paffett (32, England, EURONICS Mercedes AMG C-Coupé):
"Hockenheim is a track that all the drivers and teams know very well. The circuit consists principally of two contrasting sections: on the first sector, it's all about producing the maximum speed possible, in the second part, the Motodrom section, you need a lot of downforce and high cornering speeds more than anything. It is therefore important to find a good compromise between maximum downforce and a high top speed. We have usually been pretty successful at doing that in the past at Hockenheim. Unfortunately, my tenth DTM season has not always gone as I would have hoped, so I really intend to finish the year at Hockenheim with a positive result, and then concentrate fully on the new season during the winter break."
Daniel Juncadella (22, Spain, stern Mercedes AMG C-Coupé):
"I'm looking forward to the finale at Hockenheim, as spectators always come in their droves to cheer us on at the track. With its long straights and hard braking points, the circuit offers some good overtaking opportunities and I hope that we can produce some top action for the fans. It's the first time in a DTM race that I will be competing in my stern Mercedes AMG C-Coupé on a track where I have raced before and thus have some experience to draw on. This track is one of my favourites, and so far, I've always managed to be very quick here in all other race series. We were competitive this year at the season opener and I'm certain that we will do well in the finale and post another good result to mark the end of the season."
Roberto Merhi (22, Spain, THOMAS SABO Mercedes AMG C-Coupé) :
"Hockenheim is an interesting circuit. The final sector is especially demanding for both driver and car. You have to be very quick through the succession of turns in the Motodrom in order to achieve a good lap time. In addition to good top speed and downforce on the last sector, braking is important at Hockenheim. There are a number of hard braking zones, where you have to brake down heavily from high speed several times per lap. The option tyres and DRS will again be of great importance in the finale. For the first time at Hockenheim, we can call up all the data for the option tyre from a complete race weekend, plus, DRS should be an additional aid to overtaking on the long straights. My goal is to improve my performance in qualifying and to finish the season at Hockenheim the way I began - with a points-scoring result."
Pascal Wehrlein (18, Germany, DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé):
"I can hardly believe that my first DTM season is almost over already. I have some fond memories of my DTM debut at Hockenheim where I posted my first 18 laps in the lead and crossed the finish line in eleventh place, just outside the points. It would be nice if I could give myself a late birthday present and post a decent result, as there will be little time left to celebrate on the Friday of the Hockenheim race weekend. I will prepare myself for practice with my engineers and go to bed early, so that I can be fit for Saturday's grand finale. The birthday celebrations will have to come later."
Toto Wolff, Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport:
"Mercedes-Benz and Hockenheim - have gone together very well on many occasions in the past. And so, in the season finale at our home race close to Stuttgart, we aim to a produce a positive result for all our fans and Mercedes-Benz colleagues. Since the opening race in Hockenheim in May, our Mercedes Juniors, hungry for success, have performed fantastically and proven that they are more than ready for the DTM. With the final race of the season approaching on Sunday, we are already looking forward to the 2014 season, when we will emerge with renewed strength and a fighting spirit!"
Source: Daimler AG