Mercedes' Felix Rosenqvist marks a latest milestone in his young DTM career by scoring his best ever finish in the series with eighth place during the opening Budapest race.

Despite taking part in just his third DTM weekend, the reigning European F3 champion came home as the top Mercedes runner in eighth after Audi comprehensively dominated the opening race.

Rosenqvist had qualified for the 40-minute sprint race in ninth position but made a gutsy start to the opener and emerged from the opening sequence of corners in ninth.

Having suffered a certain degree of contact at turn one, Rosenqvist admitted his C63 Coupe wasn't quite the same thereafter but still managed to keep Audi's Timo Scheider at bay for eighth.

The 24-year old has already made quite an impression in the DTM after joining the series to replace the F1-bound Esteban Ocon earlier in the year at Moscow.

"At the start, I took certain amount of risk. I saw a gap and tried to squeeze in from behind. There were some pretty hard contacts with other cars, and my car may have sustained a bit of damage in the process," said Rosenqvist.

"After that, I had a bit more understeer than I would normally like."

It's not the first time Rosenqvist has finished in points after the Swede, who had already finished in tenth at Moscow, feels he's growing with confidence in the DTM.

"Given the circumstances, it was a good race and I'm pleased with eighth place - my best ever DTM result. It gets better each time."


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