Audi Press Release
- Youngster on top spot of the grid for the first time
- Strong showing by the new Audi RS 5 DTM
- Dieter Gass: “Nice reward for hard work”
Ingolstadt, May 3, 2014 – For the third time in succession, Audi will start the DTM season opener at the Hockenheimring from the top spot on the grid. The Frenchman Adrien Tambay, the 23-year-old son of the former Formula 1 star Patrick Tambay, secured the first pole position in his still young DTM career in a thrilling qualifying session.
“The pole position is a great beginning of the new season,” said Dieter Gass, Head of DTM at Audi Sport. “It’s a nice reward for what was really an extremely hard workload handled by the whole squad in recent months. Today we saw that the new RS 5 DTM is fast. But BMW is strong as well and we shouldn’t count out Mercedes-Benz after a weak qualifying session either. We’re very excited about the race tomorrow and the new race format. The spectators can look forward to a thrilling DTM opener. But for the moment we’re sharing Adrien’s (Tambay) joy about his first ever pole position in the DTM – a strong showing!”
Mattias Ekström (Red Bull Audi RS 5 DTM), Miguel Molina and Edoardo Mortara (both Audi Sport Audi RS 5 DTM) took grid positions five, six and seven for Audi. Molina had achieved the best time in Q2 but in Q3, in front of the hairpin turn at the end of the long Parabolica, braked a little too late, which cost him some crucial tenths of a second.
His team-mate Jamie Green suffered major misfortune. The Briton in the orange-colored Hoffmann Group Audi RS 5 DTM, after setting a best time in Q2 in the first sector, slipped into the gravel trap of the Sachs Corner and had to settle for grid position 18.