Mercedes' Roberto Merhi says he believed a great result was on the cards today given the weather conditions despite starting from 21st on the grid at Hockenheim's DTM season finale.
Merhi jumped forward an astonishing 19-places during the chaotic rain-soaked final round of the DTM championship to finish a career best second place since joining the series last year after winning the 2011 F3 Euroseries title.
His achievement was all the more impressive as the young Spaniards race was immediately compromised by inheriting a drive-through penalty after jumping the start before quietly but effectively carving his way back up the order, setting numerous fastest laps in the process.
Merhi adopted a similar strategy of that to race-winner Timo Glock by staying out long on the worn wet tyres as the track conditions gradually improved.
“My race didn't get off to a good start: the car rolled forward off the line and I got a drive-through penalty,” said Merhi.
“But after that, I just went flat out. Also, our strategy worked well. I had an exciting battle with Timo Glock for the race win. After my first mandatory pit stop, I was a bit slower than Timo, but after the second, we were both very fast.
“When I woke up this morning and saw that it was raining, I had to smile, because I knew that, even from 21st on the grid, I was capable of getting a good result, and that's precisely what happened.”