The DTM has already consumed its first two weekends of competition and between the two there have been some parallels. Pole and victory for Lucas Auer in the first race of the weekend and victory for Jamie Green in the second race. To the naked eye, the Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM is the fastest car over a lap and has a remarkable pace in the race, while Audi Sport has made the Audi RS 5 DTM will have a better treatment of the tyres, which has enabled them to make strategies more risky to find success.
Robert Wickens is no stranger to this reality and why the canadian recognizes that Mercedes needs to better manage the tires to find the same strategic flexibility that has Audi. In statements to ‘Autosport’, Wickens acknowledges that for them it is impossible to make the strategies followed by the Audi drivers: “Our car is not so good with the tires as the Audi, but I think that we have a lot of room for improvement. It is true that now we are limited with the strategy. We do not have a wide range of scenarios where you can stop and we know that we have to divide the race in two half more or less equal”.
Robert Wickens has been one of the strongest rider of Mercedes, but it is understood that there is an additional step: “I Hope that we can improve and be better than them in all areas. The next step is to try to improve the life of our tires. It is amazing that we can maintain these results with a car that is much heavier in qualifying. The beginning of the season was not what I wanted, because we did everything right. I made a mistake in the race and was penalized. Luckily we managed to turn it around. I Feel that we have to be among the three or five first“.