HWA's Paul di Resta is hoping for an upturn in fortunes after the former DTM champion failed to register any points last weekend at Zandvoort.

The Mercedes driver's miserable DTM season continued at Zandvoort and was unable to add his tally of 23-points. His year had began well with a third place at Hockenheim but has since only added eight further points, falling to 16th in standings.

Following a mistake in qualifying, Di Resta - from 22nd - plunged his Mercedes C63 into the barriers during race one before finishing a distant 14th in race two.

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Confirming his terrible run of luck, the former Force India F1 driver said his race one demise came after picking up a piece a debris, meaning he was unable to turn the car.

"We were very strong during practice but unfortunately I went off during qualifying when I was on a decent lap. Turn 8 can really catch you out if you carry too much speed in," Di Resta told crash.net.

"Then obviously during the race I picked up a bit of debris during turns 1 and turn 2 so I couldn't turn and made a big mess of the car.

"It's a bit frustrating where I made it difficult from but I've got to hold my hand up for that and I made sure I thanked everyone for what they done.

"I think the biggest achievement was how good the guys rebuilt the car and got it back together. But we struggled this morning as we were far from optimised really. We had something that was very different to what we had balance wise from practice.

"That meant we were very limited in qualifying and lost a lot of time through two corners, two corners which you need to be quick on. However, the race pace was very strong. We were really looking good but ultimately we became pace limited by Jamie [Green] in front."

Despite his misfortunes, Di Resta remains optimistic for Spielberg on a circuit where he expects the Mercedes C63 to be better suited than it was at Zandvoort.

"It kind of spins your head but your feeling is your feeling and you don't lose your touch," Di Resta continued.

"I'm one of these people where you kind of make your own luck but at the moment everything I seem to touch doesn't seem to work.

"Spielberg I think will be a very different race weekend for us. We always knew this was going to be a hard one.

"I think with the nature of the circuit we know where we are. I think in terms of what we achieved as a manufacturer it was probably the right thing that happened here [Zandvoort], given was in front of our cars."