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06.06.2013

Quotes after qualifying at the Red Bull Ring



Ingolstadt/Spielberg, June 1, 2013 – Three Audi drivers on the first three rows of the grid and a controversial penalty against the leader of the standings – quotes after qualifying for the DTM race at Spielberg (Austria).
Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich (Head of Audi Motorsport): “The Red Bull Ring is one of the
longest race tracks on the DTM calendar – but despite this the time gaps in
qualifying were extremely close. Tomorrow should be very interesting not only due
to the threatening rain. Even without DRS and option tires we saw one of the most
gripping DTM races here last year. Who will be the front runner in the end is totally
open. Obviously, I’m hoping that it’ll be someone with the four rings.”

Dieter Gass (Head of DTM): “I’ve got mixed emotions: We were going to try and
present ourselves as a team further at the front more cohesively. With three Audi
cars on the first three rows, we managed to do so. Unfortunately, we didn’t quite
make it onto the front row. But it’s very tight at the front. I think we’ve still got a
good starting base.”

Edoardo Mortara (Playboy Audi RS 5 DTM), grid position 3
“It was a good qualifying session. I squeezed everything out of the car. The first lap
in Q1 wasn’t brilliant. Afterward, I pushed one hundred percent and made no
mistakes. That’s why I’m very pleased. Unfortunately, there’s a gap to Bruno
(Spengler) and the two BMW cars. But we’re going to continue to go all out in order
to move to the very front.”

Filipe Albuquerque (Audi Financial Services RS 5 DTM), grid position 6
“That was a very nice qualifying session. My car was perfect and Team Rosberg did a
very good job. Maybe I started a bit too early in Q3 but I’m pleased with sixth place.
Let’s see what tomorrow will bring.”

Arno Zensen (Team Director Audi Sport Team Rosberg): “I’m very happy. Third and
sixth place are a superb team performance. ‘Well done’ to Edo (Mortara), Filipe
(Albuquerque) and the whole team. We really needed this after Brands Hatch. I’m
optimistic for the race.”