On a rain-affected Saturday, Lucas Auer took the wheel of the Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM. Due to the poor weather conditions, Auer was only able to complete 14 laps in the morning before an unscheduled excursion into the barriers brought the day to a premature end. “It was super cool to be in a DTM car again,” said Auer. “Unfortunately, it was only for a very short time, because I made a mistake and crashed the car. I apologise to the team and especially to Pascal. But now I’m looking ahead and feeling excited about the next test.”
“This year, there have been some big changes to the aerodynamic parts of the car, and there are also more standard parts,” said Paffett. “The car did not feel amazingly different.”
The plan had been for former Formula 1 driver Pascal Wehrlein to take over in the afternoon and to participate in a first DTM test since claiming his championship title two years ago. “Despite the challenging weather conditions, we had been having a useful test session until Lucas skidded off the track, and we had managed to get through our scheduled programme up to that point,” said Fritz. “Unfortunately, we are missing half of a test day now. Pascal’s comeback will therefore have to wait until the test in Hockenheim. But that’s the way it is: you can’t make an omelette without breaking eggs.”
The team returns to the factory in Affalterbach to evaluate the data from the Vallelunga test week and continue preparations for the start of the season on May 4-6 in Hockenheim, Germany. The next round of testing is also scheduled to take place at the Hockenheimring from April 9-12.