HWA's Pascal Wehrlein has paid testament to his Mercedes squad after the newly appointed DTM points leader reached the second step of the rostrum during today's first race at the Red Bull Ring.

The Mercedes Formula 1 reserve driver took full advantage of Jamie Green's untimely retirement and turned a five-point deficit into an eight-point lead ahead of Audi's Mattias Ekstrom.

The 20-year old didn't enjoy the smoothest start to the weekend when an issue with the left rear of his Mercedes C63 restricted his Friday running to 11-laps.

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Incidentally, Wehrlein has become the youngest driver in history to the lead the DTM points standings.

"That was a good race. I'm highly satisfied with the job done by my team, especially when you consider that I had to abandon Friday's free practice session after just a few minutes because I had a problem with the car," said Wehrlein.

"This meant that I didn't have a lot of time to get the setup right on my car, but we still managed to make the best of the situation.

"The partnership with my team is going really well, and I want to make a point of thanking everyone involved."

Although Audi won today's first race, Mercedes emerged from the opening encounter with the largest haul of points thanks to Paul di Resta, Christian Vietoris and Gary Paffett all following up in third, fourth and seventh.