Gary Paffett hopeful of progress after race one damage limitation

Gary Paffett hopeful of progress after race one damage limitation

Gary Paffett
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Even though Gary Paffett has extended his lead to 35 points in the current Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters drivers’ standings, the Briton admitted to TouringCars.Net that work is still needed for the entire Mercedes team to push towards the front of the field in tomorrow’s race.

“We’ve got a lot to do on the dry balance tomorrow,” said the Briton, who took sixth place in today’s first race after an intense battle with BMW’s Philipp Eng.

“Throughout today, we haven’t really changed much on the car, and are only able to do small changes. We weren’t able to do them, due to the lack of time between the practice sessions.”

Upon being questioned on the adjustments being made to the rear wing ahead of the race, the Briton had a simple explanation:

“It was to do with the balance of the car, but we usually do it in the garage before we go out, but we were busy taping the car up.

“It is more to do with what you are looking for in the car when it comes to qualifying and the race and that is the only thing that you can adjust. 

“You might go up or down one or two degrees based on how the balance of the car is.”

Race one winner Juncadella’s C63 Coupé showed that there is further potential in all other five vehicles, with Paffett on the hunt for further improvements on home soil tomorrow.

“We’ve got a good chance now to look at the car and the set-up to see where we are, and tomorrow will be a more regular Sunday for us.

“Today was hectic and not usual for us, and it was also a bit up and down. The set-ups within our teams are more varied than usual, as everyone is trying different things and going in different directions.

“I think that as a team, we’ll get the cars closer for tomorrow, be a bit more compact and all try and get close to the pace that Dani was on today.”