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06.05.2013

Quotes after the race at Hockenheim



Ingolstadt/Hockenheim, May 5, 2013 – A delayed initial pit stop deprived Audi driver Timo Scheider of the chance to clinch a podium result in the DTM opener at the Hockenheimring. Quotes after the race.
Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich (Head of Audi Motorsport): “The fans experienced a really
thrilling DTM season opener. The new DRS wing flap and the option tires produced
the desired effect. We saw a wide variety of strategies, tough duels and brilliant
overtaking maneuvers. All three manufacturers are close together. Obviously, the
race didn’t go the way we’d have liked it to. We want to change that at Brands Hatch
in two weeks from now.”

Dieter Gass (Head of DTM): “That was a disappointing season opener for Audi. None
of our cars made it without any incidents. Particularly frustrating – and a shame –
was the fact that we didn’t call Timo (Scheider) into the pits right on the first lap of
the safety car, which deprived him of a possible podium finish. That he was able to
recover from 18th all the way to sixth place by achieving strong lap times shows that
more would have been possible today.”

Filipe Albuquerque (Audi Financial Services RS 5 DTM), 16th place
“It was a crazy race. At my first pit stop, the button for the pit lane speed limiter
didn’t work and I was too fast. That’s why I received a drive-through penalty.
Afterward, things were going well. I subsequently received another penalty out of
the blue because I was sure that I didn’t drive over the line in turn one.
Unfortunately, it was a race to forget.”

Edoardo Mortara (Playboy Audi RS 5 DTM), retirement
“For us, it was a difficult race weekend. Now we’re hoping for Brands Hatch. Things
can only get better.”

Arno Zensen (Team Director Audi Sport Team Rosberg): “Unfortunately, this
wasn’t our weekend. After the start, Edo (Mortara) had body contact and damaged
the front of his car. In addition, he was bumped in the rear so that his car was no
longer drivable and we quit. Filipe (Albuquerque) had a good start and things were
going well in terms of the strategy. We had an early pit stop and then the safety car
came out, which was optimal. Filipe, unfortunately, was driving too fast in the pit
lane and was penalized. Subsequently, there were two additional penalties.”