Video: Mercedes-AMG 2015 DTM tests in Estoril

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With the Formula 1 only just now coming out of a pretty rough patch that lasted a couple of years, the DTM (Deutsche Touring Meisterschaft) has risen up and is now generally accepted as one of the most exciting forms of motorsport on four wheels.

Just last week, Mercedes-AMG DTM rounded up its training session at the Circuito do Estoril in Portugal with Gary Paffett, the fastest of the eight Mercedes-AMG drivers involved, declaring: “We collected a lot of data and posted some good lap times. I’m very happy with the way the session has gone.”

Under a very generous Portuguese sun, the four Mercedes-AMG DTM cars clocked an impressive 4.588 kilometers, the equivalent of 1.097 laps of the 4,182 kilometers long track.

The next round of testing for the team is scheduled for April 14th – 16th in Oschersleben. The first weekend of the new DTM season will be held in Hockenheim (April 30th – May 3rd).

Gary Paffett: “After almost four months’ break, it was very nice to get back in the car. It took me a few laps to get used to the car again. At the same time, it was my first day with my new team – ART Grand Prix. All in all, it was a very good day. The conditions were quite good – it was sunny – and we put in a lot of laps. We managed to complete some short and long runs. We collected a lot of data and posted some good lap times. I’m very satisfied with the way the day has gone. Now I’m looking forward to the next test at Oschersleben”
Ulrich Fritz, Team Principal Mercedes-AMG DTM Team: „We had a very productive conclusion to testing today after having to put up with wind and even some rain which made for less than optimum weather conditions. Overall, these tests have been positive for us, and we have been able to gain useful insights. However, we realise that we still have a lot of work to do before the next tests at Oschersleben and especially ahead of the season opener at Hockenheim.“