Mattias Ekstrom says he still has much to prove as the Audi legend moves into his 14th DTM season, starting with Hockenheim this weekend.

Ekstrom, since joining Audi's DTM-fold in 2001, has taken 19 victories and two overall championship titles (2004,2007) but hasn't reached the top step of the podium since Valencia 2011.

The Swede did make a triumphant return to the top at last years Norisring race before cruelly having his victory stripped following the infamous parc-ferme water bottle incident.

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The 35-year old says its now his turn to quell the challenge of the 'young guns' after finding himself in that position 14-years ago.

"While I do think it's incredible to be the DTM 'senior' at a mere age of 35, I'm starting to acquire a taste for the role," said Ekstrom.

"I can still remember arriving at Hockenheim as a young gun 14 years ago, determined to make believers out of the old hands. Since then, I've gathered a lot of experience, clinched a few victories and titles, and now I'm the one the young drivers are aiming to beat.

"That's a new chapter in my career in which I'd still like to prove quite a bit."

Finally, Ekstrom added that he arrives at this weekend's season opener in a relaxed mood knowing the circuit suits the former two-time winner of the Hockenheim event.

"Aside from the fact that the Hockenheim track simply suits me well you need a special attitude for the first race of the year.

"You shouldn't be overly ambitious but have to be completely relaxed, trusting yourself and your team.

"I know that we did our homework over the past months, so I'm totally cool and full of eager anticipation."