Vitaly Petrov: "We could have scored some points today"
Vitaly Petrov finished 12th after a dramatic race at Lausitzring today. It’s his best DTM career result, but the Russian wasn't happy with it, as he thinks that he could have finished much higher. The final result was affected by a drive-through penalty for ignoring yellow flags on lap 19 and a spin on lap 32 where he lost three positions.
Vitaly Petrov: "It’s a pity we couldn't score points today. We had enough pace to be in the top ten at least, but unfortunately we couldn't avoid mistakes. After the start, I needed a few laps to find the rhythm, because I've never driven at this track with a full tank before. But then I managed to speed up and our pace was really good. I was fighting, overtaking people, but the penalty ruined our race.
It was my fault. The team told me over the radio that I have to slow down, which I actually did, but as it appeared it wasn't enough. They ask us to drop two seconds per sector under yellows, but if you ask drivers I think everybody will tell you that two seconds is just too much. We are not crazy, we understand that marshals do their job and we know that we have to slow down.
The spin is a result of a lack of experience at this track. I came here for the first time, we had one 15 minutes training session because of the fog, then qualifying and race. More so, conditions were very difficult as the track was very wet. I just didn't have enough time to adapt. I've never done such mistakes before. It’s a shame that such things happen only because of a lack of track time.
We had pace today not only to score points, but to be in the top five. If you just take those 15 seconds we lost because of the drive-through off of the final result it’s obvious we could be at least eighth. My mistake didn't help us either. I have to apologize to the team for both the mistake and the penalty. We deserved to be much higher today.
The car was superb on the wet track. The team made a big step forward. It is much easier to drive, I was really enjoying it today. We have to analyze what happened during the first few laps, but afterwards we were really strong. I don't want to make any predictions, but after today's race we can be hopeful that the most difficult times are behind us."
Wofgang Shattling: "Vitaly really made progress. He drove a competitive race. After his best qualifying performance starting from 14th on the grid he finished even further ahead.
Yes, he made a mistake when he spun. Without it he would have even been in the points, because his lap times were really good. What he showed today makes us think that he can make further improvements in the DTM."