Mercedes' Paul di Resta is harnessing the belief of executing a 'successful weekend' at the Red Bull Ring as the DTM point's leader looks to stretch his early advantage.

The former F1-star secured his first win in almost six years last time out at the Hockenheimring, giving Di Resta the impetus in the standings ahead of his Mercedes team mate Robert Wickens.

It's the first time the 2010 champion has led the title chase since returning to the DTM in 2014, having spent three years in F1 with Force India.

Mercedes currently lead all three championships on offer after the latest iteration of the title winning C63 challenger - running the revised Coupe bodywork scheme - hit the ground running at Hockenheim.

"I flew directly home after the race win and then straight on to the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Barcelona. Unfortunately, there was no time for celebration," said Di Resta.

"When you have a weekend as successful as we had at Hockenheim, you just can't wait to get back in the car. In any case, we'll be going to Spielberg in buoyant mood and also with certain expectations.

"There is a belief that we are going to have a successful weekend, especially when you see how hard the guys work. We just have to stay focused, then we can extend the championship lead."

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