Mercedes F1 reserve driver Pascal Wehrlein admits the result of today's second DTM race at Oschersleben didn't fully meet to his expectations despite strengthening his points lead ahead of Mattias Ekstrom.

Wehrlein qualified third for race two - no mean feat considering the German was the heaviest Mercedes in the field - but a poor start saw him drop two positions behind BMW's Antonio Felix da Costa and Marco Wittmann.

The championship leader found himself squeezed towards the outside of the infamously congested opening corner and said he erred on the side of caution in order to keep himself in the race.

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"My start was okay until the first turn, but then I was on the outside and would perhaps have been spun, if I'd not left the door open. That's why I lost a position there," Wehrlein explained.

Unlike yesterday, Wehrlein didn't have to contend with a failed power steering unit but the 20-year old still couldn't make the progress he longed for as the HWA driver bids to become the youngest DTM champion in history.

"On the whole, I thought that we might perhaps be a bit stronger in the race, but it was only enough for fifth place in the end. Still, I can be pleased with my position in the overall standings."

Despite not enjoying the smoothest of weekend's, Wehrlein will still take a 14 point championship lead ahead of Ekstrom as the series heads to the Nurburgring for the penultimate event of the season.