Formula 1
02 Jul
-
05 Jul
Race in
20 Hours
:
42 Minutes
:
02 Seconds
R
Styrian GP
09 Jul
-
12 Jul
FP1 in
5 days
Formula E
R
Berlin ePrix I
05 Aug
-
05 Aug
Next event in
31 days
R
Berlin ePrix II
06 Aug
-
06 Aug
Next event in
32 days
MotoGP
17 Jul
-
19 Jul
FP1 in
12 days
R
Andalusian GP
24 Jul
-
26 Jul
Next event in
19 days
NASCAR Cup
28 Jun
-
28 Jun
Event finished
R
Indianapolis
05 Jul
-
05 Jul
Race in
1 day
IndyCar
06 Jun
-
06 Jun
Event finished
02 Jul
-
04 Jul
Race in progress . . .
WEC
13 Aug
-
15 Aug
Next event in
39 days
R
Bahrain
19 Nov
-
21 Nov
Next event in
137 days
Supercars
26 Jun
-
28 Jun
Event finished
17 Jul
-
19 Jul
Next event in
12 days

Mercedes wary of "negative spiral" ahead of DTM decider

shares
comments
Mercedes wary of "negative spiral" ahead of DTM decider
By:
Sep 26, 2018, 3:29 PM

Mercedes DTM boss Ulrich Fritz has warned his team not to get into a "negative spiral" of talking down its chances ahead of the 2018 title decider.

Paul di Resta and Gary Paffett head the standings for Mercedes, as it bids to exit the series by winning all three championships on offer, adding the drivers' title to the teams' and manufacturers' crowns it has already secured.

Fritz accepts the drivers' title is the most important of the three, but di Resta and Paffett face a threat from a resurgent Rene Rast, who has kept his chances of retaining the championship alive with four-straight victories over the last two weekends.

Rast was 99 points off the championship lead and ninth in the standings five races ago, but he heads to the decisive Hockenheim double-header on October 13-14 just 30 behind di Resta, who leads Paffett by four.

"The most important trophy in the DTM is the drivers' title – unfortunately we lost ground in the battle for this one," said Fritz.

"It was partly due to the fact that Audi have been getting stronger, but also to some extent because of our own performance.

"I would also expressly warn everyone against talking the team's prospects down or getting into any sort of negative spiral.

"If you look at the manufacturers' standings [Mercedes 865; BMW 563; Audi 483], it has to be said that we have been dominant this year.

"In Paul and Gary, we have two Mercedes drivers occupying the first two positions in the table.

"We'll be going to Hockenheim leading on points, and you cannot do that in the DTM if there is something not working in the team.

"[At Hockenheim] we will once again be looking to our strengths and shaking off negative vibes."

Audi faced criticism for using team orders to net Rast both victories last weekend at Red Bull Ring, but Fritz accepted that is part of the title race when the season reaches crunch time.

"I can understand that the fans weren't enthusiastic. Nor were we," he said. "On the other hand, tactics of this kind are also part and parcel of the DTM.

"We gave similar support to Pascal [Wehrlein] in his 2015 title bid. It's important to be open about it. We did that in 2015, and Audi did the same this weekend. DTM is a team sport like any other."

Gary Paffett, Mercedes-AMG Team HWA, Paul Di Resta, Mercedes-AMG Team HWA

Gary Paffett, Mercedes-AMG Team HWA, Paul Di Resta, Mercedes-AMG Team HWA

Photo by: Andreas Beil

Next article
Ogier feels he showed full-time DTM potential

Previous article

Ogier feels he showed full-time DTM potential

Next article

DTM "completely open" to evaluating Donington switch

DTM "completely open" to evaluating Donington switch
Load comments

About this article

Series DTM
Author Glenn Freeman