Mercedes on DTM farewell tour: Is the pressure on to win?
Mercedes retires from the DTM at the end of 2018: The drivers want to give the brand with the star a worthy departure from the series
When the DTM starts into the 2018 season at the beginning of May at Hockenheim, the big farewell tour for Mercedes begins. The manufacturer from Stuttgart, which has been an integral part of the touring car series for over 30 years, retires at the end of the year and is looking for a new challenge in Formula E.
For the six Mercedes drivers, the 2018 DTM season is thus also a kind of application tour in which they want to recommend themselves for future tasks. That’s no more important than in any other year,” says Gary Paffett in an interview with’Motorsport-Total.com’.
“The pressure is always on to win. And of course everyone wants to win last season – including the other manufacturers. But I wouldn’t say that the pressure is higher,” Paffett continued, “Everyone says,’It’s the last season and we want to win there. But we want to win every season! It makes no difference.”
Lukas Auer is no more challenged in the 2018 season than in any other: “For us as drivers, every year is a key year in which you have to deliver,” says the Austrian, and Paul di Resta’s statement sounds similar at first: “My goal is always to be successful. At the end of the year you are only satisfied if you can say that you gave the best”, the Scotsman told’Motorsport-Total.com’.
But: “It is our last chance and we have to make the best of it. Personally, of course, I would like to win a few races. Like in a good book, this should come to a good end,” says di Resta.
I’d especially like to make it for Uli, because I haven’t won a race since he joined,” he says about team boss Uli Fritz: “I don’t know if he’s responsible or if I have anything to blame myself for,” he laughs, “Anyway, victory is overdue,” says Paffett, who last won in the DTM at the Lausitzring in 2013. Of course, it would be even better to win my second championship last year,” said the Briton.