While the points’ leader had to make do with seventh place in qualifying at the Lausitzring, his Swedish rival secured second place with his Audi RS 5 DTM. Pascal Wehrlein (Mercedes-Benz), the youngest DTM driver in the field at 19, will be starting from pole position for the first time.
“I reckon that conditions were difficult for all of us today. In practice, we only had very little time for finding the right set-up, which turned qualifying into something of a lottery,” Marco Wittmann commented after qualifying. On Sunday, a fourth-place finish would be enough for the BMW driver to score his first title in the most popular international touring car series. Second in the drivers’ standings, Mattias Ekström still has chances to prevent Wittmann’s early title win: “I will only congratulate Marco when everything is settled. Now, first of all, I am happy with my second place on the grid,” the two times’ DTM champion from Sweden said. Ekström’s fellow Audi driver, Edoardo Mortara, is third in the drivers’ standings and also still has title chances, but only ended up 13th on the grid.
Pascal Wehrlein was overjoyed after qualifying at the Lausitzring. The German drove his DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé to a lap time of 1:17.547 minutes and thus claimed his maiden pole position. “In the past couple of races, I have delivered quite some good results already, but we always had bad luck. Now, finally, everything worked out and I am on pole position. This is a great feeling,” the 19-year old commented after setting the fastest time.
The eighth and perhaps decisive race at the Lausitzring will start on Sunday at 13.30hrs. ARD is broadcasting live from the round of the most popular international touring car series in Brandenburg from 13.15hrs onwards.