01 May Nico Müller wins in Portimão
Team Rosberg had a successful day at the 4.653 kilometers long Autódromo Internacional do Algarve. Nico Müller was already unbeatable during qualifying for the second race of the DTM 2022. At the start, he converted his pole position into the lead and after 33 laps, he crossed the finish line as a happy winner. Dev Gore also had a good qualifying, taking 12th place. In the race, the American was hit by an opponent, so he finished in 20th position. Müller is now second in the drivers’ standings and Team Rosberg is currently third in the teams’ standings.
Nico Müller: “I am super happy; today everything went well. We had the right strategy, reacted well to the pit stop of my opponent Felipe Fraga and also completed a good stop ourselves. Since the stop and the tyre change were taking place very early, I was a bit nervous at times. After all, I had to do quite a lot of laps on the second set of tyres. This success is particularly nice because we had lots of problems last year and have now shown that we are back at it again.”
Dev Gore: “My start went very well, but in the first corner a rival drove right into me. Later on, he then touched me on the side. Due to those two contacts, I dropped out of the top 20. Furthermore, something on my car was bent, which is why I was no longer able to attack properly.”
Kimmo Liimatainen (team principal): “Today was our day! Nico had a flawless qualifying and did everything perfectly right during the race as well. However, I also have to thank our boys and girls, who didn’t give up over the winter, who worked hard and are now getting rewarded for it on the first race weekend. This success is very important for the entire team. Dev has also proven that he is on the right way. His qualifying went well. Compared to last year, he’s now closer to Nico and was close to the point-scoring positions. Unfortunately, he was not so lucky during the race and therefore dropped back. Even if P20 is not what we are aiming for with him, his performance during practice sessions and the two qualifying sessions gives reason to believe that he will soon be able to finish further up the front in the races as well.”