AMG Mercedes have admitted more could have been achieved than just Christian Vietoris' fifth place DTM finish at Zandvoort on Sunday.

Mercedes saw three of their C-Coupe machines score at Zandvoort after only Pascal Wehrlein and Gary Paffett had qualified within the top ten in fifth and tenth.

Vietoris, Wehrlein and Robert Wickens all scored points in fifth, seventh and eighth after the safety car bunched up the field on three separate occasions.

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Vietoris' fifth place means the Oschersleben winner holds third in the championship by the slender margin of a single point ahead of Audi's Edoardo Mortara who finished directly ahead of the German in fourth.

The three-pointed star would have seen of it's cars finish with points had Dani Juncadella not have been given a 30-second time penalty for clashing with BMW's Augusto Farfus, who's race ended heavily in the wall, earlier in proceedings.

Mercedes' Head of Communications Wolfgang Schattling admitted they knew a tough weekend was in order as they arrived in Holland but Wehrlein's promising form during qualifying had given them reason to feel optimistic ahead of the race.

"We knew from the start that a tough weekend was in prospect here in Zandvoort," said Schattling.

"It sounds good initially, bringing home three DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coup?s in the Top Ten, but unfortunately, they didn't finish where we wanted them to. We had hoped for a better result after Pascal's strong showing in qualifying.

"Unfortunately, we couldn't pull it off in the race. Pascal was unlucky with the safety car periods but drove a good race. Christian produced a marvellous performance after starting from P18 on the grid.

"The right tyre strategy enabled him to move up the field to P5. In the end, though, he decided not to take any risks. We're off now to our home fixture in Hockenheim with renewed vigour, where we intend to draw a satisfactory close to the season."