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Stuttgart: The third-to-last DTM race of the season will be contested at the Lausitzring over the coming weekend. This will be number eight out of a total ten races contributing to the championship.
The track: The Lausitzring is located in the Lausitz, an area formerly dominated by open-cast lignite mining midway between Berlin and Dresden. The track is 3.478 kilometres in length and is driven in a counter-clockwise direction. In addition to a long home straight, it is also characterised by a technically demanding infield with a sequence of slow corners and chicanes. The race is contested over 52 laps, equivalent to an overall distance of 180.856 kilometres.
Video download: Track description by Daniel Juncadella - low-res (German)
Video download: Track description by Daniel Juncadella - high-res (German)
Video download: Track description by Daniel Juncadella - low-res (English)
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Guests of honour: The Laureus Sport for Good Foundation has invited 30 children aged six to 18 to the Lausitzring. At some point during their visit, the children will get to meet Mercedes-Benz DTM driver Robert Wickens. The Canadian has committed himself to the promotion of charitable causes this year and displays the Laureus logo on his FREE MAN'S WORLD AMG Mercedes C-Coupé car.
Comments on the DTM race weekend at the Lausitzring
Christian Vietoris (25, Germany, Original-Teile Mercedes AMG C-Coupé):
"The Lausitzring is my absolute favourite track. Last year, I secured pole position and a podium finish. I'm looking forward to the race weekend. I was consistently strong on this track when I was still competing in Formula 3. Being at the Lausitzring always gives me such a good feeling. We've been making good progress recently. It's really great to have a car that has the potential to get me back amongst the front-runners. We are working hard to continue our upward curve in performance."
Robert Wickens (25, Canada, FREE MAN'S WORLD Mercedes AMG C Coupé):
"The races at the Lausitzring are always tough. The track has a long straight, which means that DRS will be pretty effective in the race. It's a fun circuit but it's also quite a challenge putting together a good lap. Last year, I spent most of the race within reach of a podium spot. This season, it will be very tough to do the same. I leave happy when I can get another points finish."
Paul Di Resta (28, Scotland, DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé):
"I'm looking forward to making my return to the Lausitzring. This is a track which Mercedes-Benz have always had success on in the past. Hopefully we can build on that. This is where I won my first DTM race back in 2008. We've recently been making good progress over the race weekends, and we weren't all that far off a podium at the Nürburgring. Hopefully we can sustain the improvement this weekend."
Pascal Wehrlein (19, Germany, gooix Mercedes AMG C-Coupé):
"This will be my second time at the Lausitzring as a DTM driver. I know the track well from my time in Formel ADAC, and I even picked up a winner's trophy here. The huge grandstand overlooking the home straight provides an impressive backdrop. The passion and enthusiasm of the fans is really fantastic. There are a lot of slow corners which you have to brake hard and late for. It's important to have good traction when accelerating away. I was broadly satisfied with my performance at the Nürburgring. For the remaining three races, I've set myself the target of scoring points and possibly getting back on the podium one more time."
Daniel Juncadella (23, Spain, Petronas Mercedes AMG C-Coupé):
"I have fond memories of the Lausitzring. It's where I drove a DTM car for the very first time. Last year, I picked up my first DTM points on this track. That puts me in good heart for my trip to the Lausitzring. The circuit is very much to my liking. It's quite tricky and has a bumpy surface. The best part is the first sector, where one corner follows another in rapid succession. I drove my best race of the year so far at the Nürburgring and am hoping to take the momentum through to the Lausitzring. I just can't wait for this next race."
Gary Paffett (33, England, EURONICS Mercedes AMG C-Coupé):
"I like the Lausitzring. We drive on parts of the oval race track, which is pretty interesting. The track has a good mix of slow and fast corners. It's a highly technical circuit with some very tight chicanes that lead into long straights. As a driver, you have to concentrate fully at all times. It's possible to choose different racing lines, which can either gain you time or lose it. I've been quite successful at the Lausitzring, so I'm always happy to return there. I won last year's race, which was obviously the highlight of the season. This time, it's going to be difficult for us. We need to carry on working hard. In the last race, we managed to make some progress, and we'll be aiming to build on that at the Lausitzring."
Vitaly Petrov (30, Russia, DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé):
"I can hardly believe that my first DTM season is already entering the home straight. I'll be competing in my eighth DTM race at the Lausitzring. As so often this year, it's going to be my first outing on a new track. My colleagues have told me that the Lausitzring is unusual for the high number of slow corners. I'm curious to discover how this will feel in my DTM AMG Mercedes C-Coupé. Recently, we've been making good progress as a team. I'm hoping to take that to the next level at the Lausitzring."
Toto Wolff, Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport:
"The Lausitzring can always be relied on to generate an enthusiastic atmosphere. Last year's race was especially enjoyable for the fans with Gary's race win. Repeating that result this time round will be very difficult. We produced a creditable team performance in the race at the Nürburgring: five cars in the Top Ten is definitely a step in the right direction. Even so, P4 to P6 plus ninth and tenth means that we're still not back where we think we belong, namely at the very front of the field. Our aim is to win races and be title contenders. So there is still a long and arduous road ahead of us before we meet our own expectations. Consequently, we will carry on working hard to reclaim our place at the top of the DTM!"
Source: Daimler AG