DTM Norisring pole-sitter Robert Wickens has hailed his Mercedes teams' effort following their success earlier today after an indifferent start to the campaign.

Wickens and Mercedes immediately grabbed the DTM paddocks attention in the morning prior to qualifying as Dani Juncadella and the Canadian himself headed both of the practice sessions.

Mercedes having then got five of their cars into the top eight Q3 shootout the battle for pole-position climaxed into a game of cat and mouse between Wickens and the former DTM champion Paul di Resta - the Canadian prevailing minutely by just over a tenth ahead of the resurgent Scot.

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It's been no secret that Mercedes have endured a difficult start to the season with Di Resta signalling after Budapest that their C-Couple machine lacks downforce compared to its BMW and Audi rivals. But Mercedes anticipated a stronger showing this weekend given the nature of the Norisring circuit.

Wickens admits the Norisring is a circuit he excels after having secured his second pole position around the street circuit in as many years - his fathers presence at the circuit making it more of a special occasion this time around.

"I simply like this track," said Wickens. "Like last year, I am on pole position here. I can't thank Mercedes-Benz enough for the fact that we are in first place."

"The team has put in many night shifts to make this happen. For me, this is a special moment because my father is on site to support me for the first time in a long while."