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15.07.2013

Edoardo Mortara gives Audi fans reason for Hope



Italian will start the DTM race at the Norisring from the second row Extremely narrow gaps in qualifying Leader of the standings Mike Rockenfeller only on grid position 19
Ingolstadt/Nuremberg, July 13, 2013 – Edoardo Mortara missed the pole position
in qualifying at the Norisring by an extremely narrow margin of just 106
thousandths of a second. As the best Audi driver, the Italian from Audi Sport
Team Rosberg in his Playboy Audi RS 5 DTM will start the DTM’s only city street
race on Sunday (broadcast live on “Das Erste”) from the second row.

Summer in the city: The battle for the best grid positions was as hot as the weather
in Nuremberg. In the first qualifying segment (Q1) the fastest 16 cars were within
two and a half tenths of a second. Finding a clear lap on the city street circuit that is
only 2.3 kilometers long and getting the tires to work properly was crucial.

Within the Audi squad, Edoardo Mortara did the best job of this. The four-time
winner of the Macau Grand Prix, who is particularly fond of city street circuits,
battled his way forward into the decisive fourth qualifying segment and secured grid
position four. “It was a good qualifying session for us,” said the Italian. “Achieving a
better result would have been difficult today. In Q3 and Q4, I had the feeling of
having squeezed the maximum out of the car. We’re not completely in front yet so
we’ve still got some work to do. But the gap isn’t large and that’s good. We’ve got
some difficult weekends behind us on which we were competitive but didn’t get
everything together competely. Now things are going better – that’s a nice result for
Team Rosberg too.”

Team Rosberg provided the second-fastest Audi driver – Filipe Albuquerque (Audi
Financial Services RS 5 DTM) – as well. The Portuguese finished the qualifying
session in eighth place. With Mattias Ekström (Red Bull Audi RS 5 DTM) taking ninth
place, a driver from Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline finished in the top ten too.

In eleventh place, Adrien Tambay, who in his Audi ultra RS 5 DTM had been the
fastest driver in the morning’s free practice, barely missed the leap into Q3. His two
team-mates Timo Scheider (AUTO TEST Audi RS 5 DTM) and Jamie Green (Red Bull
Audi RS 5 DTM) are sharing the seventh row of the grid. In the morning, both had
lost valuable practice time in the pits.

The most prominent victim of the extremely close field at the Norisring was Mike
Rockenfeller (Schaeffler Audi RS 5 DTM). In 19th place, the leader of the standings
was eliminated right in the first section and is now facing a particularly difficult task
on Sunday. His team-mate in Audi Sport Team Phoenix, Miguel Molina, even had to
settle for grid position 22.

“Even for DTM and Norisring conditions, the gaps were extremely narrow today,”
said Dieter Gass, Head of DTM at Audi Sport. “Edoardo (Mortara) made sure that
even after five races we’re still the only manufacturer to have had at least one car
among the top four in qualifying. Following the strong performance in free practice
this morning, we’d obviously been hoping for a bit more than position four on the
grid. But lately we’ve been seeing that our RS5 has always been very strong in the
race. That’s why anything’s still possible tomorrow – even for Mike (Rockenfeller).
Making the best use of the option tires as well as of DRS will be playing a very
important role tomorrow.”

Fans around the world can watch the fourth DTM race of the year live on the DTM’s
new YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/dtmint. 39 TV channels in total air live
DTM coverage in 141 countries. In Germany, ARD will start to broadcast live from
Nuremberg on “Das Erste” at 13:15.
Before the start of the DTM race Le Mans record winner Tom Kristensen will be
driving demo laps on the Norisring with the Audi R18 e-tron quattro. The Dane
clinched the pole position for Audi in Nuremberg in 2005.