Tales from the paddock – Daniel Juncadella: “Maybe I can step up a few rungs on the podium in the DTM finale”

Oct 5, 2016
Stuttgart

Flying move: From Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia, Formula 1 swiftly proceeds to Suzuka for the Japanese Grand Prix. In the meantime, the marque with the three-pointed star has been enjoying success elsewhere.

  • This is what happened: Weekend’s results & facts
  • News from the Mercedes-AMG motorsport teams
  • Three questions for Daniel Juncadella
  • Social media news: What’s new online?
  • This week’s important dates and events

This is what happened: Weekend’s results & facts

  • F1: Nico Rosberg finishes the Malaysian Grand Prix on the podium after a strong recovery from the rear of the field
  • FIA Formula 3 European Championship: Lance Stroll clinches the title at Imola with one race weekend to spare
  • Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup: Felix Rosenqvist and Tristan Vautier make two podium appearances in Barcelona, including a victory in the main race
  • Blancpain GT Series: Maximilian Buhk and Dominik Baumann win the drivers’ championship while their AMG Team HTP Motorsport, lifts the team title

News snippets

#StatAttack: The sprint to the finish in the 2016 Formula 1 season continues apace. Just five days after the chequered flag was waved at the Malaysian Grand Prix, free practice for the next race in Japan gets underway on Friday. Since the start of the Hybrid Power Unit era in the 2014 season, Suzuka has been a happy hunting ground for the Silver Arrows: one-two victories on both occasions, two pole positions, two front row lockouts and two fastest laps. Both victories in the last two years went to Lewis Hamilton who has won no fewer than three times on the figure-of-eight Formula 1 circuit. By contrast, the last two pole positions were set by his team‑mate Nico Rosberg.

Welcome to Malaysia: A varied programme was laid on in the week before the Malaysian Grand Prix. The whole country and title partners Petronas greeted Formula 1 with two days of exciting activities. For example, the two Silver Arrow drivers paid a surprise visit to staff in the Petronas Towers, met hundreds of fans in the KLCC Mall, challenged customers to a pit stop competition at a Petronas service station and helped children working on a very special Formula 1 project.

Part 1 - Watch video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6HXbh-6yA4

Part 2 - Watch video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=TkVh0SJEIe4

Double Champions: A successful end to the Blancpain GT Series season for Mercedes-AMG: in the final round of the 2016 Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Dominik Baumann and Maximilian Buhk secured the title in the Blancpain GT Series drivers’ standings. With sixth place in the qualifying race and eighth place in the main race, they also sealed the title win for AMG-Team HTP Motorsport in the teams’ standings. “Nevertheless, we can’t be fully satisfied with eighth place in a main race that was very difficult for us,” said Maximilian Buhk. „However, what counts, is the title in the Blancpain GT Series drivers’ and teams’ standings,” added Dominik Baumann. „We are really happy for the team.“

Debut victory in Barcelona: DTM rookie Felix Rosenqvist used the break before the season finale at Hockenheim for another competitive outing in the Blancpain GT Series. Together with co-driver Tristan Vautier, he made two podium appearances in Barcelona, including a first win of the 2016 campaign for the French-Swedish duo in the main race. Rosenqvist was full of praise for his team-mate: “Tristan’s start was one of the best I’ve ever seen. All I had to do was defend the lead. My thanks to the team, especially the engineers, who did a great job. We had one of the strongest cars in the main race.” After this latest success in a Mercedes-AMG GT3, Rosenqvist is now totally focused on the DTM finale at Hockenheim. He is aiming to round off his debut season in style after achieving two points finishes on his first three DTM race weekends.

Three questions for Daniel Juncadella

Dani, you were deprived of your greatest success so far in the DTM, namely a podium in Budapest, because your floor did not comply with the regulations. How do you feel about this ruling?

Daniel Juncadella: As a driver, you’re powerless in such a situation. Unfortunately, this sometimes happens in motor racing. Obviously, it’s a great pity. That was my first podium finish in the DTM, and up to then, it had been a super day for me. So I’m not too disappointed, because I had a mega weekend in Budapest. The race on Sunday was absolutely fantastic and I did everything that was in my power. In the end, though, it just wasn’t meant to be.

All the same, how important was it for you to have at last got onto the podium, especially as the component in question was not relevant to performance?

Daniel Juncadella: It was mega important to me. This year is my fourth season in the DTM, and I’d never had a podium finish before. Yet up to the point of disqualification, I’d managed to do that on a weekend when we were not all that competitive. From that perspective, it was a really cool experience to be standing up there on the podium. So for me personally, the disqualification does not change the fact that I made it onto the podium by virtue of my own performance.

What are your feelings going into the last race of the season at Hockenheim?

Daniel Juncadella: Very good feelings. I scored my best DTM result so far on the previous race weekend, and the three weekends before that also went well for me. My crew and I are extremely well prepared for the final race of the season. Hopefully, I can finish on the podium again and maybe even step up a few rungs.

Social Media News

Strategy Debriefing: An opposition on split strategies and a heroic charge through the field from the tail end – the Malaysian Grand Prix 2016 was truly a race to remember. Chief race engineer Andrew Shovlin explains why the hard tyres played such a crucial role in team strategy.

Watch video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vw70aAzvZPc 

Winning Formula: On a crowded bench are two laptops, sophisticated analysing equipment and tiny glass vials with their valuable and highly confidential contents that can constitute the margin between victory and defeat in Formula 1. The work in the Petronas Trackside Laboratory takes place well away from inquisitive eyes, yet it is of monumental importance for success on the racetrack.

Watch video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTnX-RqNhfg

Upcoming events & dates

Date

Event

Thursday 06/10/2016

Formula 1: 2016 Japanese Grand Prix – Media Day

Friday 07/10/2016

Formula 1: 2016 Japanese Grand Prix – FP1 / FP2

Saturday 08/10/2016

Formula 1: 2016 Japanese Grand Prix – FP3 / Qualifying

VLN: Nürburgring – Race

Sunday 09/10/2016

Formula 1: 2016 Japanese Grand Prix – Race

Formula One - MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS, Malaysian GP 2016. Lewis Hamilton
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Formula One - MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS, Singapore GP 2016. Nico Rosberg
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Formula One - MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS, Malaysian GP 2016. Lewis Hamilton
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Formula One - MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS, Malaysian GP 2016. Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg
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Formula One - MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS, Singapore GP 2016. Nico Rosberg
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