Mercedes F1 reserve driver Pascal Wehrlein believes he could have achieved 'much more' during today's opening DTM encounter at Oschersleben had he not suffered a power steering failure early in the race.

The title race once again swung into Wehrlein's favour when a technical issue issue struck his main rival Mattias Ekstrom during qualifying, leaving the Audi driver plum last on the starting grid.

Looking to make the most of Ekstrom's misfortune ,the HWA driver began the race well and moved up from sixth to fifth at the start.

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But just as Wehrlein was ready to pounce on the leading BMW's, the 22-year old's race had to switch to survival mode after suffering a power steering failure early in the game.

"Considerably more would have been possible for us today. Unfortunately, my power steering failed quite early on in the race, just as I was putting pressure on Farfus," said Wehrlein.

"Most other drivers would give up in that situation, but I wanted to finish the race. Fifth place was damage limitation for me in the championship rankings which I now lead once again.

"It's a good result in the circumstances, however, I could've done better but for the issues. It's a pity."

Wehrlein now leads the title battle ahead of Ekstrom by four points despite trailing the former double champion coming into the weekend.