Following his second career DTM victory at the Norisring, Pascal Wehrlein believes Mercedes are now right back into contention as the action begins this weekend at Zandvoort.

Mercedes arrive in Holland having taken a clean sweep of DTM wins at the Norisring two weekends ago, courtesy of Wehrlein and Robert Wickens both taming the iconic German street circuit.

Wehrlein, who now sits as the top Mercedes runner in third place in the championship standings, says the C63's double Norisring triumph has gone someway in changing the landscape of the 'three pointed star's' title aspirations.

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"I think at the moment it's quite good," Wehrlein told crash.net. "I hope our performance will improve more and more so that we can be competitive on every track."

"We were competitive at Hockenheim but not so much at the Lausitzring and that was really unexpected because we won at that circuit last year.

"Before Norisring we were further back from the front than where we are now. Norisring is a good track for Mercedes anyway and we scored big points there - maybe the picture is a little bit different now. Let's see what we can do here but it won't be an easy weekend."

Nevertheless, the Mercedes F1 reserve driver remains wary of the threat Audi will pose around a circuit where the Ingolstadt constructor has been victorious on three of the previous five occasions.

Incidentally, Audi currently occupy the top-two championship positions with Britain's Jamie Green leading the way ahead of Team Abt's Mattias Ekstrom.

Wehrlein excelled during qualifying at Zandvoort last season and was one of only two Mercedes driver's to make the top ten cut with the sixth best time aboard the difficult 2014-spec C-Coupe machine.

"Like you said, Audi are really strong here. It suits their car really well," Wehrlein continued.

"I think it can be very open. Last year our car was worse than this year. In qualifying we managed to bring everything together in qualifying and it was a very good lap. If we can do the same as last year I'm very optimistic because anything can happen."