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Preview: First Round of the 2015 DTM Season at Hockenheim!

Preview: First Round of the 2015 DTM Season at Hockenheim!

The Mercedes-AMG DTM Team will be competing on home territory next weekend (1st - 3rd May) as the new DTM season gets underway. The Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg traditionally hosts both the season opener and the grand finale.

The Team:

The Mercedes-AMG DTM Team has entered eight Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM cars for the new season. New to the team are the two DTM rookies Lucas Auer and Maximilian Götz. They join series veterans Daniel Juncadella, Gary Paffett, Paul Di Resta, Christian Vietoris, Pascal Wehrlein and Robert Wickens. Supplementing the two teams from the previous campaign - HWA AG and Mücke Motorsport - is the French outfit, ART Grand Prix, which will be preparing two of the Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTMs.

The Rules:

The DTM promises even more action and thrills for its large fan base this year. Starting with the season opener at Hockenheim, there will now be two races per weekend. The most important features at a glance:

Saturday - Qualifying 1 & Race 1:

  • Qualifying for Race 1 (20 minutes)
  • Race 1: 40 minutes + 1 lap
  • Full points awarded
  • Use of DRS permitted three times per lap (must be within one second of the car ahead)
  • No mandatory pit stop
  • One tyre compound only
  • (Seven sets of tyres per driver per weekend, four for qualifying and race)

Sunday - Qualifying 2 & Race 2:

  • Qualifying for Race 2 (20 minutes)
  • Race 2: 60 minutes + 1 lap
  • Full points awarded
  • Use of DRS permitted three times per lap (must be within one second of the car ahead)
  • One mandatory pit stop (tyre change)
  • One tyre compound only
  • (Seven sets of tyres per driver per weekend, four for qualifying and race)

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