Jamie Green praised his AMG Mercedes team after securing his third career pole position in the opening round of the DTM Championship at Hockenheim, while AMG Mercedes got their four cars into the top eight.
The Brit emerged as the quickest driver of the day following a new 'shootout' qualifying system, edging out Mercedes team mates Bernd Schneider and Bruno Spengler.
Green claims that the new qualifying system was difficult, but he was pleased to crucially produce three quick laps.
"It's the biggest challenge of the new qualifying format, that you now have to post three optimum laps instead of only one. Today I managed to do so and I'm really happy about my third DTM pole position. My team had prepared the car perfectly and I want to thank everybody for their work."
Schneider, veteran of 39 DTM wins, will line-up alongside the Brit and was another one to praise the new qualifying format..
"I'm satisfied with my second position on the grid. My qualifying was almost perfect and the car was well prepared. We will now try to find the last eight hundredths of a second to be faster than Jamie. The new qualifying is really exciting and a great show for the spectators."
Spengler made his AMG debut with an impressive thirdplace on the grid, something that was particularly impressive after the Canadian crashed his car in practice and then only just made it into the final session
"I improved from session to session and I'm happy with today's result. Maybe a position on the first row was possible. Our mechanics worked all night to repair the car after yesterday's damage. I thank everybody for their immense efforts."
Eighth place Hakkinen meanwhile was happy to see his team mates fill the top three positions, but was also disappointed not to be joining them at the sharp end of the grid.
"I'm happy for Jamie, Bernd, Bruno and our team about the first three grid position. I myself didn't manage a perfect lap today, although I made no big mistakes. I don't know yet why the gap to the top is so big and we will analyse the data now. Tomorrow I want to perform better and fight for a podium finish."