HWA's Paul di Resta has heaped praise on Mercedes after both he and Pascal Wehrlein finished on the DTM podium earlier today at the Hockenheimring.

Back in 2014, Di Resta's return to the DTM - after parting ways with Force India F1 at the end of 2013 - coincided with one of Mercedes' worst ever campaign's in the series.

The 2011 DTM champion did manage a trio of fourth place finishes in 2014 but his progress was ultimately limited as the entire Mercedes squad struggled with the C-Coupe challenger's lack of raw pace.

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A last minute aerodynamic upgrade, which only began to come into fruition at the Hockenheim finale, did offer the Stuttgart manufacturer a glimmer of hope and it seems Mercedes look to be on the path in re-establishing their legendary form after a winter of restructuring and development.

Although finishing on the podium, Di Resta's charge was somewhat thwarted when brake problems forced the Scotsman to relinquish his second position to team mate Wehrlein.

"I got off to a great start. It was a bit tight on Turn 4, but after that, things went well. Pascal and I had good speed, and we were able to match the race leader for pace," said Di Resta.

"Over the last few laps, I was having some problems with my brakes, but a podium is a good way to start the season. All the hard work of recent months has paid off, and it's something we can build on. Many thanks to the team, who have worked so hard to achieve this success."