Mercedes' Robert Wickens admits he heads into the final weekend of the DTM season with mixed emotions after falling out of the title fight at Hungary.
The HWA driver found himself in the thick of the title battle leaving Russia, but a score of just four-points in as many races thereafter has seen Wickens drop to fourth, 54-points adrift of Marco Wittmann.
Wickens still remains the top Mercedes runner by quite some margin as he sets his sights on rising back to third in the standings.
The Canadian has been victorious on two occasions so far this season but his title charge ultimately fizzled out after suffering from six non-points scoring finishes.
"This is going to be a bitter-sweet finale for me. I would have liked to have been in championship contention until the very end, really I would," Wickens said.
"Unfortunately, Budapest didn't go according to plan, so we'll now do everything we can to achieve a positive result before we head off on our winter break.
"My goal is to fight for podium places at Hockenheim and finish the season in third place in the overall standings."
Despite being unable to successfully defend Pascal Wehrlein's 2015 title, Mercedes DTM boss Ulrich Fritz highlights the importance of 'inspiring the fans' with a convincing display at Hockenheim.
"The whole team are really looking forward to delivering another strong performance this weekend in Hockenheim. Hockenheim is always a bit special for our team," said Fritz.
"The atmosphere is really unique, and we get incredible support from our fans in the Mercedes-Benz grandstand.
"Even if we can no longer win the drivers' title, we think it important to inspire the fans again and round off the season with a decent result."