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06.06.2013

Quotes after the race at the Red Bull Ring



Ingolstadt/Spielberg, June 2, 2013 – After making strong recoveries, Mike Rockenfeller and Mattias Ekström as the best Audi drivers clinched positions four and five. Quotes after the DTM race at Spielberg (Austria).
Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich (Head of Audi Motorsport): “It’s great that despite the
adverse weather conditions in Austria so many spectators traveled to Spielberg. The
crowd at the Red Bull Ring was truly impressive. And the fans saw another fantastic
DTM race here. For us, it was a bit unfortunate today, though. We’re also far from
agreeing with some of the decisions made by the race directors.”

Dieter Gass (Head of DTM): “Basically, we can of course not be pleased with this
result. We didn’t travel to Spielberg to finish fourth and fifth. We did expect more
than that and on Saturday things were looking as though this would be possible.
‘Rocky’ (Mike Rockenfeller) and Mattias (Ekström) squeezed the maximum out of
the situation. With a strong performance and a good strategy, they managed to
finish in fourth and fifth place. The problem was that we lost the three Audi cars we
had at the front of the grid during the course of the race – and thus an absolutely
good result.”

Edoardo Mortara (Playboy Audi RS 5 DTM), 15th place
“I had a superb start and was able to overtake Marco (Wittmann). But unfortunately
I got off the track too far and had to give up my position again. Last year, Martin
(Tomczyk) overtook another car at exactly the same place but wasn’t punished for it.
I don’t understand that. Still, we had a very good car and a good pace. I was able to
keep up with the two BMWs in front of me for a long time – until the collision with
Wittmann. After that, my race was ruined. That was very upsetting!”

Filipe Albuquerque (Audi Financial Services RS 5 DTM), 17th place
“It was a difficult race. I hadn’t expected ending up so far at the rear. Obviously, it
was due to the strategy. We’ve now got to analyze what went wrong and prepare for
the next race.”

Arno Zensen (Team Director Audi Sport Team Rosberg): “From the start on, the
race was a bit unfortunate. In my opinion, ‘Edo’ (Mortara) was in front in turn one.
We don’t know if it was an advantage to drive around on the outside. We’ve got to
live with the decision by the race directors. But the action with Marco Wittmann was
a bit much, he drove into ‘Edo’s’ car three times. Afterward, the car was crooked and
we had a puncture. I can’t understand that this incident wasn’t investigated.
Afterward, the race was ruined for ‘Edo.’ If you look at where Wittmann finished in
the end quite a bit would have been possible for him. Filipe (Albuquerque) was stuck
in traffic. We should have switched from the standard back to the option tires as
well.”