E Mercedes posted a sobering result: Jamie Green came as the best of the Stern troop only in seventh place. Championship leader Gary Paffett only starts the race from position eleven. 'It was very difficult, but my M3 was simply sensational, I could really attack,' commented Spengler after his second best time in practice this year. 'Yesterday we had a very difficult day. We were with the M3 for the first time ever at the Nürburgring and we had to sort out a lot of things first.'
Sports director Jens Marquardt was enthusiastic: 'Our engineers did a great job. They looked at the data forwards and backwards and drew the right conclusions. And Bruno drove a great lap. Four BMWs in the top 8, that It fits perfectly after we celebrated 40 years of M GmbH yesterday. '
Edoardo Mortara, on the other hand, was contrite. This despite the fact that he took second place as the best Audi driver: 'I am a perfectionist, and that's why I see this second place with mixed feelings,' said the ambitious Italian, who won his first DTM race at the Österreichring in June would have. 'It was entirely my fault that it wasn't enough for pole position. I simply made too many mistakes. My Audi would have been fast enough.'
Mercedes surprised by poor performance
The Mercedes team was puzzled after their poor performance. Jamie Green, like Gary Paffett, puzzled: 'I'm really surprised,' said the championship leader. 'I actually didn't make a driving mistake and the car felt good. I don't know what's going on.' 'That wasn't exactly a gala performance,' complained sports director Norbert Haug. 'That's a setback, or rather, a setback. But things like that can happen. I know: our drivers haven't forgotten how to drive and our engineers haven't forgotten how to set up. The other teams have probably coped better with the heat. But they have to you through. And you see again: The DTM is full of surprises. '
The Mercedes drivers consoled each other in unison with a phrase from the racing word kit: 'Tomorrow there is a long race, and a lot can happen there.'