Pascal Wehrlein has heaped praise on his Mercedes squad's 'superb' season long effort after becoming the DTM's youngest ever champion with one race to spare at the Hockenheimring.

Heading into the first race, the Mercedes F1 reserve driver was already odds on favourite to win the title at some point during the weekend after bringing forth a near 40-point buffer over Audi duo Edoardo Mortara and Mattias Ekstrom to the season finale.

However, Wehrlein qualified down in 13th and a poor start dropped the young German down the field and into the danger zone, with Ekstrom breathing down his neck.

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Despite encountering a number of near misses, Wehrlein kept his composure and recovered back up the order to finish the race in eighth - all before turning 21 in time for tomorrow's second race.

"You can't be too pleased until you're sure of the result. It's all over very quickly especially in the DTM, but all the pressure fell away from me from after crossing the finish line," said Wehrlein.

"It's just mega. Thanks to the whole team for their superb work this season. I had a fast car today and was able to prove it as well towards the end of the race."

Wehrlein now has unassailable 40-point lead over Team Abt's Ekstrom with the remainder of this season's action recommencing, starting with qualifying for race two, tomorrow morning.