Red Bull Ring DTM: Juncadella tops red-flagged wet qualifying
Mercedes' Daniel Juncadella took his third pole position of the DTM season at a drenched Red Bull Ring as title rivals Gary Paffett and Paul di Resta both had tricky sessions.
Qualifying started with heavy rain falling on track and the red flags were shown after just five minutes due to poor conditions, as Audi's Nico Muller led the way on a 1m43.892s.
Following a 10-minute break, the session was restarted and first place was consistently traded among drivers.
Championship contender di Resta took the lead with five minutes remaining only for his laptime to be cancelled due to track limits.
BMW man Timo Glock inherited the lead as a result but Mercedes driver Juncadella demoted him soon afterwards, lowering the benchmark by nearly four tenths with a 1m36.071s.
Glock could improve one more time but his effort fell 0.071s short, leaving Juncadella to take pole position for the third time this year.
Mike Rockenfeller led Audi's efforts in third, as di Resta had to settle for fourth in his Mercedes.
However his points-leading teammate Paffett could only take 10th, as he went off-track twice during the session.
Marco Wittmann (BMW) was fifth followed by Lucas Auer (Mercedes), Augusto Farfus (BMW) and Audi drivers Robin Frijns and Rene Rast.
Nico Muller, who took 12th, is under investigation for rejoining the track in an unsafe manner.
Mercedes wildcard Sebastien Ogier rounded out the order in 19th, 2.8s slower than Juncadella.
|1||Daniel Juncadella||Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM||11||1'36.071|
|2||Timo Glock||BMW M4 DTM||12||1'36.142||0.071|
|3||Mike Rockenfeller||Audi RS5 DTM||12||1'36.300||0.229|
|4||Paul di Resta||Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM||12||1'36.534||0.463|
|5||Marco Wittmann||BMW M4 DTM||12||1'36.636||0.565|
|6||Lucas Auer||Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM||12||1'36.841||0.770|
|7||Augusto Farfus||BMW M4 DTM||12||1'36.881||0.810|
|8||Robin Frijns||Audi RS5 DTM||12||1'36.947||0.876|
|9||René Rast||Audi RS5 DTM||12||1'37.077||1.006|
|10||Gary Paffett||Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM||12||1'37.123||1.052|
|11||Loic Duval||Audi RS5 DTM||13||1'37.234||1.163|
|12||Nico Müller||Audi RS5 DTM||11||1'37.243||1.172|
|13||Pascal Wehrlein||Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM||12||1'37.249||1.178|
|14||Philipp Eng||BMW M4 DTM||12||1'37.259||1.188|
|15||Jamie Green||Audi RS5 DTM||12||1'37.581||1.510|
|16||Bruno Spengler||BMW M4 DTM||12||1'37.589||1.518|
|17||Joel Eriksson||BMW M4 DTM||13||1'37.924||1.853|
|18||Edoardo Mortara||Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM||10||1'38.355||2.284|
|19||Sébastien Ogier||Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM||10||1'38.960||2.889|
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