Rast and Paffett with good chances, setback for Di Resta
Marco Wittmann will be starting from pole position for Sunday’s final race of the DTM season at Hockenheim. The BMW driver topped the time sheets with 1m32.683s. However, much more interesting in the battle for the title was what happened behind him. Defending champion René Rast ended up second (1m32.737s) from Gary Paffett (1m32.846s). Thus, the serial winner with his Audi and the points’ leader with his Mercedes-AMG kept their championship chances alive.
“Everything is possible. I was on pole for a long time, I would have been happy to take the three points. Gary is behind me. I am happy. I can become champion. For the fans, it will be a great showdown,” Rast said, and Paffett added: “For me, it was very stressful, I have had easier qualifying sessions. I was at the limit, but it was only enough for P3. I have done my job. This will be the best finale since a long time.”
Meanwhile, Paul Di Resta had a major setback. After eleveth place in qualifying with a time of 1m33.114s, the Mercedes-AMG driver described his situation as “difficult”. Paffett is now leading with 240 points from Di Resta (223) and Rast (226). If the Audi driver wins, Di Resta is no longer in a position to overtake him. In that case, Paffett has to finish fifth at best for Rast to defend his title.
The thrilling season finale starts at 13.30 hrs. The action will be streamed live at DTM.com/live and in the DTM apps for iOS and Android.