DTM » 29 April 2006
Mercedes pack out top eight in qualifying.
Heading the attack will be Britain's Jamie Green, closely followed by fellow Mercedes driver Mika Hakkinen who put in a storming lap towards the end of qualifying to place his AMG machine alongside the 23-year-old Green.
"Because of the weather, the final session was particularly difficult," admitted the Leicestershire driver. "In these conditions, you don't know before every corner how slippery it will be. I am happy that my team sent me out so early, because like that, my tyres became quite warm and I could make it to pole."
Tomorrow's start will be Green's fourth from pole in his short career and no one is more pleased that his boss, Mercedes-Benz' Head of Motor Sport, Norbert Haug.
"When you make it with six cars into the top eight, it shows a good team performance," stated Haug. "Here at the EuroSpeedway Lausitz in this qualifying session, our strategy was right and we were out on the track at the right time.
"Jamie set the pace throughout this qualifying session," continued Haug, "and I hope that he can convert it into a good result tomorrow. Pole-position surely is a good result, but tomorrow's race is yet another issue."
Green's team mate Hakkinen was pleased with his second place on the grid, but admits tomorrow's race will be tough.
"Conditions in qualifying were very difficult," said the Finn, "especially today, you just can't make one single mistake. Fortunately, I was out in time, so that my tyres became more or less warm. Tomorrow's race will be hard but I am happy with the result."
Hockenheim winner Bernd Schneider will round out the top four in his Mercedes whilst Audi's Mattias Ekstrom will hope to spoil the Mercedes symmetry at the front of the field come the green light tomorrow.
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