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Tales from the paddock: Formula 1, DTM and AMG Customer Sports

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Tales from the paddock: Formula 1, DTM and AMG 22 June 2016
Customer Sports
Two spectacular street circuits within a week: The Formula 1 premiere in
Baku is followed by the most eagerly anticipated fixture on the DTM
calendar – the Norisring
• This is what happened: Weekend’s results & facts
• News from the Mercedes-AMG motorsport teams
• Three questions for Robert Wickens
• Social media news: What’s new online?
• This week’s important dates and events
What happened: Results & facts
• Formula 1: #nicorosberg wins the inaugural Grand Prix in Baku
• Formula 1: After eight races, Nico leads the drivers’ championship by a margin of
24 points on Lewis Hamilton

Formula 1: MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS tops the Constructors’ Championship
with a lead of 81 points

Pan Delta Super #racing Festival: Kuo Kuo Hsin driving an SLS AMG GT3 wins
both races at the Zhuhai International Circuit
News snippets
Premiere in Baku: Last weekend, the Silver Arrows entered the record books once again
when #nicorosberg became the first winner of a Formula 1 race in Azerbaijan. The Silver
Arrows have now won at least once on all 21 tracks that feature on the 2016 race
Daimler Communications, 70546 Stuttgart, Germany
Mercedes-Benz – A Daimler Brandcalendar. The European Grand Prix in Baku was the first Formula 1 race at a new track
since the series returned to Mexico last year. Then too, the winner was #nicorosberg.
Prominent visitors: The Formula 1 debut in Azerbaijan was a spectacular, action-packed
occasion that also attracted a number of celebrities. NASCAR star Kurt Busch was
determined not to miss out on the Baku race weekend. The American, who was a guest of
team partner Monster, met Silver Arrows driver #lewishamilton before the race, and the
two of them spontaneously decided to swap helmets.
Norisring specialists: Bring on the Norisring! The street circuit around the Dutzendteich
in Nuremberg is considered by many to be the highlight of the DTM calendar. The
Mercedes-AMG DTM Team has particularly fond memories of the track. Since 2003, the
team has produced the top driver in 14 consecutive races on the street circuit. Mercedes-
AMG is the most successful manufacturer at the Norisring with a total of 18 victories. This
year, the team is entering two former Norisring winners: Gary Paffett (EURONICS
Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) and current DTM championship leader Robert Wickens
(SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM). Paffett won in 2004 and 2005, Wickens
in 2014 and 2015. In addition, the Canadian has made successive podium appearances in
the last three years.
Three questions for Robert Wickens
For the first time this season, everyone has had three weeks off. How did you
spend the time?
Robert Wickens: “I flew back to Canada for the first time since the start of the season. I
moved into a lakeside home last autumn. We spent a lot of time there with family and
friends, and I was able to relax a bit. It’s very peaceful there. But because we’re renovating
the house, there is always a lot to do. One day, I transported twelve tons of sand to make a
private beach. Unfortunately, I had to shovel and spread all the sand on my own, which
wasn’t really much fun, and it was a long day.”
For the first time ever, you’ve gone into a DTM break as championship leader.
Hand on heart, how often have you thought about that?
Robert Wickens: “Quite honestly, not all that often. Obviously it’s a great feeling to lead the
championship, but I haven’t changed the way I go about things or anything else.”
Daimler Communications, 70546 Stuttgart, Germany
Mercedes-Benz – A Daimler BrandNext up is the Norisring. In the media, you’re being touted as one of the
favourites. With all these expectations and the fact that you lead the
championship, do you feel under greater pressure for the coming race weekend?
Robert Wickens: “No, I’m looking forward to the Norisring and I don’t feel any greater
pressure than in the previous races. Actually, I would say that the timing is perfect.
Statistically, the race there has always been my best weekend of the season. So going to
Nuremberg as championship leader fills me with optimism. The simple fact is that some
tracks suit an individual driver more than others. And the Norisring suits my style of
driving.”

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