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Miguel Molina “flies” to pole position at Oschersleben
It was easy pickings for Miguel Molina. With an advantage of over half a second, the Audi pilot dominated the final qualifying session on Saturday and celebrated the third pole position of his DTM career. Due to the DTM regulations all drivers are only allowed to use the basic slick Ventus Race during the qualifying session. With a surface temperature of 24 degrees, the slick delivered excellent traction so that the pilots could gain maximum acceleration out of the long cornering passages of the winding circuit. Over the entire session, spectators were treated to an enthralling battle for the top grid spots for Sunday’s race.
Oschersleben/Germany, 17 May 2014 – Already during free practice in the morning, Miguel Molina was fastest by a margin of more than three-tenths of a second. In qualifying, the 25 year old upped the pace and posted an excellent time of 1:20.007 minutes. Marco Wittmann (BMW) takes up the second DTM race of the season from second on the grid. This gives the winner from Hockenheim a good chance to extend his lead in the overall standings.
Adrien Tambay concluded the qualifying in third, proving that his pole position and third place at Hockenheim was not simply a stroke of luck. The same applies for DTM newcomer António Felix da Cósta (BMW), who posted fourth during qualifying a fortnight ago. On fifth place follows former DTM Champion Timo Scheider (Audi), the current DTM champion Mike Rockenfeller (Audi) occupies the sixth grid spot on Sunday. Bruno Spengler will start from position seven. He was crowned as DTM champion 2012. As at the season opener, Mercedes-Benz experienced major difficulties in the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben. Their best pilot was Pascal Wehrlein in tenth.
“Because a lap on the 3.696-km Oschersleben circuit is not very long, the pilots had not a lot of time to get the Hankook tyres to work optimally. Most drivers came to grips with this and very quickly got the best performance out of the Ventus Race baseline slick,” said Hankook race engineer Christophe Stucki.
Miguel Molina (Audi): “The Hankook tyres worked really well and made good times possible already in the first lap. The car and tyre balance was perfect. However, you had to really warm up the tyres properly in order to get the best performance over the lap.”
Marco Wittmann (BMW): “Our performance was good today, so it would be very good if we could start the race tomorrow in the dry. But the conditions are the same for us all. I was happy with the Hankook race tyres. They worked well.”
Pascal Wehrlein (Mercedes-Benz): “In free practice we experienced problems getting the Hankook race tyres to work their best. We changed the air pressure and then the tyres worked well. But we’re improving step by step.”