Mercedes' Daniel Juncadella has described his first ever DTM podium finish gained at the Hungaroring 'as the most beautiful race of his career'.
The Spaniard started the feature race in twelfth position but emerged from the first sector in third after masterfully picking his way through the chaos triggered by Marco Wittmann and Edoardo Mortara's start-line clash.
Juncadella took full advantage of his lightning getaway from the line by hugging the inside line at turn one while others tripped up on each other further towards the outside.
From there on in, the HWA driver enjoyed an unopposed route to the rostrum with Wittmann behind unable to keep tabs with the third placed Mercedes C63 Coupe.
"My first podium in the DTM – that was certainly the most beautiful race of my career so far. I never really expected it, because up until the second race, it did not look like it was going to happen this weekend," Juncadella said.
"But I made another mega start. I've been doing really well with my starts for quite a few races. I was up there in third place after the very first lap. Incredible!"
The 25-year old has been part of Mercedes' DTM squad since joining Mucke Motorsport in 2013 but, up until this weekend, had achieved a best finish of fourth.
"Overall, it was a very emotional race for me. Given the circumstances, I just couldn't believe that I was in third place. But my car was perfect. My thanks go to the guys. This podium belongs to them too."