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15.07.2013

Quotes after qualifying at the Norisring



Ingolstadt/Nuremberg, July 13, 2013 – Edoardo Mortara will start the DTM race at the Norisring from the second row as the best Audi driver. Quotes after qualifying.
Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich (Head of Audi Motorsport): “The gaps were extremely narrow
today even for Norisring conditions. If – like Mike Rockenfeller – you’re in 19th place
with a gap of only three tenths of a second and thus are eliminated in Q1, this says
everything about how close the field currently is in the DTM. But we also know that
the grid positions this year aren’t quite as crucial anymore as they were in the past.
That’s why anything’s still possible tomorrow. Furthermore, with Edo (Mortara) on
the second row we’ve got a driver who has proven his qualities on city street circuits
on numerous occasions.”

Dieter Gass (Head of DTM): “As a team, we’re in a better position than last year
when we only had two cars in the top ten – and the second car only on grid position
ten. Still, following the good result in free practice this morning, we’d been hoping
for a bit more, especially at the top. On the other hand, we’re the only manufacturer
to have managed putting a car into the top four at all five races in the first half of
the season. With DRS and good option tire management, quite a bit is possible here.
It’ll definitely be a tough race and I’m proceeding from the assumption that it’ll be
a hard-fought one for a very long time.”

Edoardo Mortara (Playboy Audi RS 5 DTM), grid position 4
“It was a good qualifying session for me. 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 completely. Now
things are going better – that’s a nice result for Team Rosberg too.”

Filipe Albuquerque (Audi Financial Services RS 5 DTM), grid position 8
“It was a difficult qualifying session. I had a bit of fortune, in Q1 I was 16th, in Q2 I
was running in tenth place and in the end took eighth place. The potential is there.
Let’s see how the race will go.”

Arno Zensen (Team Director Audi Sport Team Rosberg): “Of course I’m very
pleased. We’ve got the two best Audi cars in the field. Edo (Mortara) is in fourth
place. It’s great that he made it into Q4. I can also live well with Filipe
(Albuquerque) in eighth place. The guys deserve this after the misfortune of the
past weeks.