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Vietoris pleased despite earning pole

Vietoris admits he wanted a better result having held pole position at the Lausitzring, but says the weekend remains a success
Christian Vietoris admits he would have liked to convert his pole position into a victory at the Lausitzring on Sunday, but said he struggled on the option tyre.

Vietoris, who finished third on race day behind team-mate Gary Paffett and Mike Rockenfeller, qualified first on Saturday with a 1:17:715.

But despite dropping down the field in the race, Vietoris still believes that he had a successful weekend: "Of course, you want to win the race, starting from pole position,” he said.

“Unfortunately, I didn't feel quite as much at ease on the option tyres today as compared to the previous race but the car was excellent on the prime tyres.

“Gary got away the drop on me at the start and then I had to defend P2 against Jamie Green during the early laps. Gary was too far away after that, and I had to drive my own race.”

Vietoris now sits fourth in the DTM championship standings with 40 points, having secured a points finish in every round this season.

The German says the overall results for the Mercedes-Benz team at the Lausitzring reflect the progress of the team and that he is confident for the rest of the season: “We must keep the big picture in mind and from that point of view, I've had a good weekend,” Vietoris added.

“My first DTM pole position was a great experience and I secured a lot of points again today with my second podium. Five Mercedes-Benz drivers in the points shows that our team has definitely made progress, and so we can look optimistically to the future."



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Ralf Schumacher, Gary Paffett, Christian Vietoris, Robert Wickens, Roberto Merhi and Daniel Juncadella [Pic credit: Mercedes]
Christian Vietoris, HWA, DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé [Pic credit: DTM]
Christian Vietoris. HWA, DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé [Pic credit: DTM]
Christian Vietoris. HWA, DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé [Pic credit: DTM]
Christian Vietoris (GER) Mercedes AMG DTM Team DTM Mercedes AMG C Coupe
Christian Vietoris (GER) Mercedes AMG DTM Team DTM Mercedes AMG C Coupe
Christian Vietoris (GER) Mercedes AMG DTM Team DTM Mercedes AMG C Coupe
Christian Vietoris (GER) Mercedes AMG DTM Team DTM Mercedes AMG C Coupe
Christian Vietoris (GER) Mercedes AMG DTM Team DTM Mercedes AMG C Coupe
Christian Vietoris. HWA, DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé [Pic credit: DTM]
Christian Vietoris (GER) Mercedes AMG DTM Team DTM Mercedes AMG C Coupe
3 Gary Paffett (GB), HWA, DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé, 9 Christian Vietoris (D), HWA, DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé, 12 Jamie Green (GB), Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline, Audi RS 5 DTM (Photo Credit: DTM)
9 Christian Vietoris (D), HWA, DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé (Photo Credit: DTM)
9 Christian Vietoris (D), HWA, DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé (Photo Credit: DTM)
Esteban Ocon poses with the Mercedes DTM car at Jerez. Pic credit: Daimler
Charles Pic poses next to a Mercedes DTM car at Jerez. Pic credit: Daimler
AMG Mercedes C-Coupe [pic credit Mercedes]
AMG Mercedes C-Coupe [pic credit DTM Media]

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