BMW's Antonio Felix da Costa says he was caught between two minds during yesterday's opening Zandvoort encounter as the Team Schnitzer driver scored his first ever DTM podium.

The 23-year old finished second behind defending champion Marco Wittmann as part of a BMW top-seven lockout but pushed his MTEK counterpart all the way throughout the 45 minute race.

da Costa grew in stature as the race progressed but Zandvoort is a notoriously difficult circuit to overtake around. The Portuguese driver said any attempt of a move for the race lead would have carried a large risk.

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"I had to have two minds out there today [Saturday]," da Costa told crash.net. "My personal goal of winning a race, I'm very ambitious and I've never hidden that.

"I was feeling very comfortable with the car and, in a way, I wanted to take some risks to attack but on the other side I was thinking about my first podium and BMW's big turnaround, so it was important to play it smart and bring it home. I'm very happy with P2."

The Schnizter driver felt managing his tyre's during the early part of the encounter allowed him to apply the pressure on Wittmann as the race reached it's climax.

"Yeah, very close. For the first 60% of the race I was really taking care of my tyres and it was only during the last 10 laps where I could show I could push. I could smell, that's how close we were.

"It is difficult and it would have been a big risk to try something so I decided to not push the issue."