19
October
2014

Vitaly Petrov: "It was not our day"

 
 Vitaly Petrov could not finish the final race of the 2014 DTM season. The Russian collided with the Audi driver Adrien Tambay on the last lap of the race in Hockenheim and then retired.
 
Vitaly Petrov: "It was not our day. We ended our season not the way we would like to, but this weekend our pace was not good enough to compete with the others.
 
We got new cars this weekend and it’s clear that our engineers did a great job. From the aerodynamics point of view we made a big step forward. Compared to the first race, which was also held here at Hochenheimring, the difference was clear. We definitely have more downforce now.
 
Nevertheless, we didn't have time during practice sessions to work with the setups of the car so in the race it was very difficult to drive. The track here is very demanding which made things even more complicated.
 
I didn't really understand what happened in the end. After the safety car period all of the drivers who were on soft tires tried to pass slower cars. I overtook somebody, but then was hit from behind and lost control of the car. That was it.
 
It's necessary to keep working hard to extract the maximum from the car, but it’s obvious it has huge potential. It just needs to be realized."
 
Toto Wolff, Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport: "Our congratulations to Audi on their strong team showing. I'm not all that pleased with our result. It was a small step in the right direction but not yet quite enough. Still, we can build on today's performance. I was particularly pleased to see that so many spectators came to the home race of Mercedes-Benz this Sunday. They created a fantastic atmosphere at the season finale.
 
We have mixed feelings as we look back over the season. We'll now have to get to grips more with our car over the winter, and preparations for the new season will begin tomorrow. We intend to attack again from the front next season."
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