Mercedes redoubling efforts for second half of the DTM season


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They’re not the same track, but in the DTM Zandvoort and the Moscow Raceway are similar in the sense that are more sinuous than the most of the tracks (at least, most of the first half of the season). This is what Mercedes driver Robert Wickens thinks of the Russian track.

The Canadian driver is fourth in the standings, 22 points behind of BMW driver Marco Wittmann, current leader of the championship. “I’m hoping that I can build on the successes of the first. So far, the season has gone very well for me,” says Wickens.

Paul di Resta is impatient to get back at the wheel of his C63 DTM car. In relation to Wickens’ remarks, the Scot points out that “The surface is very smooth and consequently very different from last time at Zandvoort. But I believe that, if we master the medium fast corners well, we can maximise the speed of our car.”

Team Manager Ulrich Fritz hopes “We have used up all our bad luck, after some incidents in the first half of the season.”

A point of interest will be to see if the change of chassis for Spanish ace Daniel Juncadella keeps working in Russia. In The Netherlands, Daniel got his first points of the season, and showed a big step in performance, overshadowed by some mechanical issues. The driver from Barcelona hopes to build momentum at Moscow.

Finally, Felix Rosenqvist will make his DTM debut, with Frenchman Esteban Ocon being promoted to the Manor Racing seat in Formula 1.

Race 1 will start at 11.30am on Saturday 20th August and Race 2 will do so at 11.10am on Sunday 21st August.