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06.05.2013

Quotes after qualifying at Hockenheim



Ingolstadt/Hockenheim, May 4, 2013 – First DTM race of the season, first pole position for Timo Scheider, Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline and the Audi RS 5 DTM. Quotes after qualifying at the Hockenheimring.
Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich (Head of Audi Motorsport): “After a winter of intensive work
in which we tried to squeeze the optimum out of the Audi RS 5 DTM, grid position
one at the first race of the season is a nice reward for the entire squad of Audi Sport,
our three teams and the suppliers who worked extremely hard over the past few
months. Today, we could see how close the competition is again this year in the
DTM. The spectators can look forward to an interesting race tomorrow.”

Dieter Gass (Head of DTM): “Well done to Timo Scheider, his engineer and Audi
Sport Team Abt Sportsline: They did everything right today in these extremely
difficult conditions and deserve clinching the pole position. But I think that
qualifying was just a foretaste of the race tomorrow, which not least due to the
conditions today will be a journey into the unknown. Of course it’s our aim to make
it into the top ten with more than two cars.”

Filipe Albuquerque (Audi Financial Services RS 5 DTM), grid position 16
“In Q1, my performance was good. I was struggling with the set-up because my car
had understeer but I managed to compensate for that pretty well and was able to
drive a fast lap. But in Q2 it was impossible for me to improve. Something wasn’t
right; maybe it was the air pressure.”

Edoardo Mortara (Playboy Audi RS 5 DTM), grid position 19
“For me, it was a tough qualifying session. We were a bit unfortunate with the
conditions and probably didn’t manage making some minor settings on the tire
pressure perfectly. The track was starting to dry and I think that our set-up was
more suitable for the wetter track because I wasn’t able to improve as much as the
other drivers.”

Arno Zensen (Team Director Audi Sport Team Rosberg): “Congratulations to Dieter
Gass and to Timo Scheider. We don’t know exactly yet what we did right or wrong.
We’ll only find out in the race on Sunday whether our set-up is on the mark or not.
In any event, it’ll be very thrilling.”