Paffett 'lucky' to escape 'nasty outcome' in Norisring DTM crash

Mercedes DTM driver Gary Paffett says he was lucky to escape major injury in his crash with Mike Rockenfeller during Sunday's Norisring race

Paffett 'lucky' to escape 'nasty outcome' in Norisring DTM crash

Paffett and Audi driver Rockenfeller were taken to hospital following the collision, which occurred after Paffett lost control of his Mercedes C63 while trying to pass Jamie Green's Audi on the run to the first corner.

Paffett hit the inside wall and slid into the driver-side door of Rockenfeller's car at high speed at the Turn 1 hairpin, causing the race to be red-flagged.

Audi confirmed that Rockenfeller had broken a metatarsal bone in his left foot, while Paffett suffered bruising but was otherwise unharmed.

"I'm fine, I sustained a few bruises but all in all I'm OK," Paffett told German TV network ARD.

"After this massive crash that's a good outcome. I have to thank our engineers for building such a safe car.

"The X-ray pictures didn't show any injuries. I bruised a rib, that's it.

"The doctors were surprised when I told them about how fast we were going when the accident happened.

"They were surprised to find me basically without injuries.

"So yes, I was pretty lucky.

"The crash just seemed as if it never wanted to end. It went on and on and on.

"When it was done, I had to remain still for about a minute to collect my thoughts and to listen to my body, to see whether I was OK.

"It could have been a nasty outcome."

Rockenfeller said he had not anticipated the impact, and felt he was unfortunate to have sustained his injury after his foot was hit by the car's clutch pedal.

"It was a nasty one," he said.

"I hadn't expected it, it's always worse if you are not prepared [for the impact].

"The clutch pedal hit my foot, which was unlucky.

"I immediately knew something was hurting but you're under shock, too.

"I got out of the car and pulled off the shoe. I walked a bit and realised it's not perfect.

"At the hospital they performed an X-ray and we saw the midfoot was broken. It's a pity and it could be better, but it could be worse, too."

The German said he was not sure if he would be able to contest the next DTM round at Moscow in three weeks' time.

"I want to compete at Moscow, otherwise my [title chances] are over," he said.

"Now we wait for two or three days to see the swelling lessen.

"Luckily you don't need your left foot too much in the car, only at the start.

"If all goes according to plan we find a solution. But it's difficult to say at the moment."

shares
comments
Mike Rockenfeller suffers foot injury in Norisring DTM crash
Previous article

Mike Rockenfeller suffers foot injury in Norisring DTM crash

Next article

Mercedes reveals more details of Paffett and Rockenfeller's crash

Mercedes reveals more details of Paffett and Rockenfeller's crash
Autosport writers' most memorable moments of 2022 Plus

Autosport writers' most memorable moments of 2022

The season just gone was a memorable one for many of our staff writers, who are fortunate enough to cover motorsport around the world. Here are our picks of the best (and in some cases, most eventful) from 2022

Formula 1
Dec 31, 2022
The plug in and play stand-ins who got their timing just right Plus

The plug in and play stand-ins who got their timing just right

Nyck de Vries’s Italian GP exploits weren’t the first post-eleventh-hour call-up in motorsport history, and won’t be the last either. Here are some offbeat tales from the past

General
Dec 26, 2022
The longest-serving Red Bull driver revealing F1’s true brutality Plus

The longest-serving Red Bull driver revealing F1’s true brutality

His day of days in Formula 1 came at Indianapolis in 2005, a day grand prix racing strives to forget. But Patrick Friesacher, the long-serving Red Bull lieutenant, remains active today driving a two-seater that provides ordinary people with a glimpse of an F1 car’s savage potential, including this writer...

Formula 1
Jun 2, 2022
How the DTM has come back stronger from its Norisring nadir Plus

How the DTM has come back stronger from its Norisring nadir

OPINION: Questionable driving standards and farcical team orders meant the DTM's first season under GT3 regulations ended under a cloud. But the organisation has responded firmly by banning team orders and welcomed new manufacturers, making for an intriguing season ahead as new and returning names prepare for battle

DTM
Mar 30, 2022
The remarkable career of a 'classy' champion who rejected politics Plus

The remarkable career of a 'classy' champion who rejected politics

Over two decades as a factory driver with Audi and BMW, Martin Tomczyk earned the respect of team-mates and rivals as a hard but fair racer. After calling time on his racing career, the 2011 DTM champion sat down with Autosport to look back

GT
Mar 5, 2022
The other Hamilton conqueror seeking career revival Plus

The other Hamilton conqueror seeking career revival

On his rise through the ranks before reaching Formula 1, Lewis Hamilton was usually a cut above the rest. But he never truly asserted himself over a Mercedes-backed fellow Briton who traded single-seaters for touring cars and is now seeking new opportunities after a year largely spent on the sidelines

DTM
Dec 18, 2021
How the DTM's shambolic finale poses awkward future questions Plus

How the DTM's shambolic finale poses awkward future questions

OPINION: The scenes at the Norisring as Mercedes used blatant team orders to secure the first DTM title of the new GT3 era totally undermined the credibility of the championship. But as well as overshadowing the season, it also presents uncomfortable questions to series bosses about the direction it is headed in

DTM
Oct 12, 2021
How Audi's new DTM star is channeling Rast to achieve his "childhood dream" Plus

How Audi's new DTM star is channeling Rast to achieve his "childhood dream"

Having learned the ropes in GT3 alongside Rene Rast, Kelvin van der Linde is in line to take up the three-time champion's baton as Audi's new DTM king. From humble origins in South Africa, it's been a remarkable journey so far for the current series leader, but he knows that the 2021 title is a long way from settled just yet

DTM
Sep 18, 2021