Audi's Jamie Green says he's enjoying a 'return to normality' after moving himself into the thick of the 2016 DTM title race following a strong showing at the Lausitzring.
Given his 2015 form, the Team Rosberg driver arrived into the 2016 season firmly poised to make an immediate title challenge but his charge took an early stall after Green failed to score any points during the first three races.
However, a reversal in fortune, which has seen Green finish no lower than fourth since ending his points duck, has catapulted the Audi RS 5 runner up into fourth in the early championship standings - just one point behind Team Abt's Mattias Ekstrom.
Just 15-points covers championship leader Robert Wickens down to his Mercedes team mate Paul di Resta in sixth.
"I wouldn't call it a breakthrough but a return to normality. In the first races I had a lot of misfortune," said Green.
"In the two Hockenheim races I was involved in accidents that weren't my fault and in qualifying for the first Spielberg race I didn't have the optimum set-up.
"Finally, in race two and on the entire Lausitzring weekend everything was running smoothly and as a result I was able to do my job as best I could and to achieve good results."
Knowing the tale of this season's title race has barely begun, Green maintains now isn't the time to be taking any unnecessary risks.
"You always keep an eye on the current situation. The higher your place in the standings, the better it feels. Obviously, we're still at a very early stage of the season," the Audi driver continued.
"There are still a lot of races left and many points to be awarded. So as far as that's concerned I'm not taking any all-out risks. But if things continue this way then I'm expecting to be in contention for the title again this year."
The DTM's next point of call comes in the shape of the legendary Norisring street circuit, a venue in which Green has made his own after scoring four previous wins during his eight-season stint with Mercedes.
"The Norisring is a very narrow city street circuit. It's about driving with great precision and finding the exact braking points," Green explained.
"That's something that suits me well. If you don't manage this you can lose a lot of time in several places – or, in the worst case, end up in the track barrier."