Mercedes' Paul di Resta says he's satisfied with his top ten qualifying performance for tomorrow's Hockenheim DTM finale but admits time was left on the table.

Mercedes arrived at Hockenheim with an updated version of their current C-Coupe challenger after introducing a new aero-package to the car. But despite their optimism only two of the 'three-pointed star' machines could break into the top ten.

Di Resta's pace in Q1 had indicated the 2010 DTM champion and Mercedes may feature closer to the front than previous races but the Scot was unable to carry the rhythm into the rest of qualifying and failed to make the final eight-car Q3 shootout.

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The former F1-star admitted it was frustrating not being able to capitalise on the strong pace shown in Q1 where he was able to save two sets of tyres for Q3. Nevertheless, Di Resta remains optimistic of ending a disappointing 2014 on a stronger note.

"I'm reasonably satisfied with my result. It's a little bit frustrating," said di Resta. We were in good shape for Q3. We had two sets of tyres left over thanks to our speed in Q1.

"We've got a very good setup and I'm very confident with where the car is. Hopefully we can put something together tomorrow for a strong race."

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff explains it was always going to be difficult for the tweaked C-Coupe challenger to immediately show a rapid improvement in performance given the little amount of practice time available on race weekends.

"When you drive a new car for the first time, it's never easy to get everything out of it immediately with little practice time," said Wolff.

"Now, we'll continue to work hard in order to finish the season with a successful result in tomorrow's race."