BMW motorsport boss Jens Marquardt admits the season so far couldn't have gone much better for his DTM squad but remains wary of the effect the performance ballast may play ahead of Austria.
Currently BMW leads two of the three championships on offer this year with their young sensation Marco Wittmann commanding the top spot of the drivers' standings while Wittmann's RMG team lead the teams' battle by 27 points ahead of Audi's Abt-Sportsline squad.
Although BMW trail Audi by 27 points in the manufacturers' battle, three of this year's five races have been won by the new M4 machine with two coming from the hands of Wittmann, while DTM rookie Maxime Martin stunned the paddock to easily win last time out at Moscow.
Indeed, Marquardt is delightred with proceedings thus far, insists his BMW squad will not rest on their laurels heading to the Red Bull Ring this weekend.
“The first half of the 2014 DTM season is over and things couldn't have gone much better for BMW Motorsport, with three victories in five races,” said the BMW boss.
“The BMW M4 DTM got off to a dream start: From the word go our new challenger was victorious as it crossed the finish line with Marco Wittmann at the wheel in Hockenheim. In Budapest Marco followed this up with his second victory and leads the drivers' standings. And Maxime Martin, one of our rookies this year, celebrated his first pole position and first victory at the last race in Moscow.
“We have been strong in the first half of the season. Now we will give it our all to stay on track. The fans can definitely look forward to an exciting second half of the season.
“But for now we are looking forward to the next race in Spielberg. It won't be easy for us: The performance weights that we have to carry in our cars as a result of our good results to date will definitely play a role from this point on.”