Mercedes' Gary Paffett says he fully intends to end a difficult tenth season in the DTM with a positive result at this weekend's Hockenheim finale ahead of the winter break.
Paffett has only reached the top step of the rostrum just once, despite arriving into the 2013 season as one of the championship favourites, with a dominant win at the Lausitzring early in the year.
Since then Paffett has only scored a mere 20-points out of a possible 125 in the five rounds that followed his Lausitzring triumph.
The 2005-champions title charge most dramatically shuddered to a halt during the Nurburgring weekend after a catalogue of strategic errors from his HWA squad left the Brit on wrong tyres in a weather chaotic race – finishing well out of the points while eventual champion Mike Rockenfeller stormed to a second place finish.
“Unfortunately, my tenth DTM season has not always gone as I would have hoped,” said Paffett.
“So I really intend to finish the year at Hockenheim with a positive result, and then concentrate fully on the new season during the winter break.”
Paffett believes Mercedes' recent monopoly of victories at the Hockenheimring in recent years stands him in good stead ahead of the weekend.
“Hockenheim is a track that all the drivers and teams know very well,” said the Brit.
“The circuit consists principally of two contrasting sections: on the first sector, it's all about producing the maximum speed possible, in the second part, the Motodrom section, you need a lot of downforce and high cornering speeds more than anything.
“It is therefore important to find a good compromise between maximum downforce and a high top speed. We have usually been pretty successful at doing that in the past at Hockenheim.”