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Gary Paffett says it is frustrating that he and Mercedes are competitive when it will leave the DTM at the end of the 2018 season.
Timo Glock said he had planned his expletive radio call urging Mercedes to consider its DTM future a lap before he celebrated his victory in the second race at Hockenheim.
Audi says its concerns that the new-for-2018 DTM aerodynamic package would hurt it more than any other manufacturer were proven correct in the season-opening race at Hockenheim.
Mercedes says its “surprising” victory in the 2018 DTM season opener at Hockenheim was important to prove that it is putting all its efforts into its final season.
Mercedes' Gary Paffett converted pole position into victory in the opening race of the 2018 DTM season at Hockenheim.
Mercedes began its final DTM season by taking pole in the first qualifying session at Hockenheim through its 2005 champion Gary Paffett.
DTM drivers Augusto Farfus, Philipp Eng and Loic Duval will prioritise the German series over the FIA World Endurance Championship on 5-6 May when both championship's respective season openers clash.