Mercedes' Gary Paffett says the aim this year is to once again be DTM championship contenders as the series kicks off its season at Hockenheim this weekend.

2013 was a write off for Paffett and Mercedes after the duo came so close to clinching the DTM title a year before - losing out to a late charge by BMW's Bruno Spengler at the Hockenheim season finale.

Mercedes managed only two-victories last year, one courtesy of Paffett following a dominant weekend at the Lausitzring.

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Robert Wickens scored the second and final victory for Mercedes at the Nurburgring, where Paffett's title challenge ultimately came to a halt thanks to a catalogue of strategic errors.

As a result the 2005-champion languished sixth in the final rankings while Mercedes finished a distant third in the manufacturers battle - his HWA squad also ended up sixth in the teams standings.

"I can't wait to start the new DTM season. My tenth anniversary season last year did not go as I would have wished, but maybe luck will smile on me in my eleventh DTM
year," said Paffett.

"At any rate, we've worked hard during the winter of 2014 to be back at full strength. We definitely intend to improve our performance and make fewer mistakes. Everyone expects Mercedes-Benz to win and remain true to their motto: das Beste oder nichts - the best or nothing.

"We want to win races and be real title contenders - that's our aim. We'll have to wait and see how the season actually turns out, but as a team, we will do everything in our power to achieve our goals in the very first race."