Tales from the paddock: Maro Engel: “Four teams, four wins – we can be proud of that”
Three of the seven Turkish Grands Prix were won by cars powered by Mercedes engines: Kimi Räikkönen was victorious at the wheel of a McLaren-Mercedes in 2005, the debut year for the track; in 2009, Jenson Button won in a Brawn-Mercedes developed at Brackley; and one year later, Lewis Hamilton chalked up his sole victory in Turkey to date, at that time still a McLaren driver. The record for the fastest race lap is held by Juan Pablo Montoya who clocked a time of 1:24.770 minutes in his McLaren-Mercedes, equivalent to an average speed of 226.693 km/h, during the 2005 season.
Mercedes-AMG Motorsport rounds off 2020 ADAC GT Masters campaign with four wins and third place overall: Mercedes-AMG Motorsport celebrated a successful conclusion to the 2020 ADAC GT Masters at Motorsport Arena Oschersleben. On Sunday, Raffaele Marciello (ITA) and Philip Ellis (SUI) in the number 48 Mercedes-AMG GT3 first booked pole position and then drove a consummate lights-to-flag victory. The KNAUS Team HTP-WINWARD duo delivered the fourth overall win of the season for a Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing team. With four cars among the Top Ten finishers, the customer teams once again demonstrated the strength of the Mercedes-AMG GT3. Rounding out a strong team result were sixth-placed Mick Wishofer (AUT) and Dorian Boccolacci (FRA) in the number 20 car fielded by Team Zakspeed BKK Mobil Oil Racing and ninth-placed Indy Dontje (NED) and Maximilian Götz (GER) in the number 47 MANN-FILTER Team HTP-WINWARD.
Three questions for Maro Engel
Maro Engel and Luca Stolz contested the first complete season for the Toksport WRT team in the ADAC GT Masters. Until the last race at Motorsport Arena Oschersleben, the duo in the number 22 Mercedes-AMG GT3 were contenders for the championship. Mercedes-AMG brand ambassador Maro Engel looks back on the season and puts the results of the Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing teams into perspective.
In your debut season with Toksport WRT, you finished third in the highly competitive ADAC GT Masters and were in contention for the title right up to the end. What were the decisive factors contributing to this strong season?
Maro Engel: Everyone in the team started the season with ambitious objectives – that was apparent right from the start. It was very encouraging for Luca and me to start the season with this perfect support. It’s a pity that we just missed out on the title in the end, but it was a very strong season all the same.
What was your personal highlight of the season?
Maro Engel: Clearly the victory in the season opener at the Lausitzring. We could not have got off to a better start. A fantastic opening weekend and certainly the highlight of the season. We came close to posting further victories on a couple of occasions, especially at the Sachsenring where we had to retire while in lead.
All four Mercedes AMG Customer Racing teams have celebrated victories in the ADAC GT Masters this season. Is this additional evidence of the merits of the Mercedes AMG GT3?
The ADAC GT Masters is one of the toughest GT3 championships anywhere in the world. Seven prominent manufacturers fought it out in 14 races that were close-run affairs every time. To have finished four races on the top rung of the podium, one for each of the teams fielding the Mercedes-AMG GT3, that’s something special to be proud of.
Nov 13, 2020 at 23:54