28 Aug Team Rosberg collects more DTM points
After Team Rosberg with Nico Müller and Dev Gore failed to score any points on the 3.629 kilometers long Nürburgring sprint circuit yesterday, the Swiss Müller was able to fight back today. After a strong driving performance, combined with a good pit stop by the team, he improved from eleventh on the grid to sixth place in the race. For the American Dev Gore, however, the tenth race of the DTM season did not go that well: He spun twice after contact with opponents, which caused a steering wheel that was off-centre. Followed by another spin, he then had to park his Audi R8 LMS GT3.
Nico Müller: “We got the maximum out of the race. I was able to fight my way through, make up some places and the guys did a great pit stop. We have to be satisfied with sixth place today. We did not have the pace for the top after having to add weight overnight due to a Balance of Performance adjustment.”
Dev Gore: “After a good start there was a collision and I spun. Because the engine died and it took a long time to restart the unit, I was already one lap behind at that point. After another contact plus a spin, I was able to set good times for a few laps. But since my car was damaged by the two contacts, I spun again. The damage was just too big, I had to give up. “
Kimmo Liimatainen (team principal): “During qualifying Nico came into contact with a rival and as a result slightly damaged his car. Nevertheless, it was still going pretty well with eleventh position. Dev was not far off either, but when the field is so close together and you are just over 0.6 seconds down, then you are only in 24th place. Nico got off to a good start in the race, and the mechanics made a fast pit stop, which brought Nico from eleventh to eighth place. After that, he was able to overtake Thomas Preining. He was able to keep up with the speed of the drivers ahead of him, Kelvin van der Linde, Maxi Götz and Mirko Bortolotti, but he was not able to reduce the gap to them significantly. Yet, I am happy with sixth place after three races without points in a row; it is going in the right direction. Dev got spun twice, resulting in a steering wheel that was off-centre. Nevertheless, he wanted to continue. But when a third spin followed, he finished his race in the pits.”