Mercedes' Paul di Resta will go into the DTM's winter hibernation having ended his 2016 campaign on 'productive' note after scoring his first podium finish since Russia's Moscow round.

The HWA driver led the early title chase after winning his first DTM race in almost six-years at the Hockenheim season opener.

But the former F1-driver's championship charge fizzled out as the season progressed. A total of eight non-points scoring finishes ultimately scuppered his hopes.

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However, Di Resta made great use of a clever pit-strategy from his HWA team and incredibly rose from 18th to third to end his season on a high note.

"Today was a very productive day. Qualifying was very difficult due to the traffic, but the team gave me a good car. Thanks a lot for this," said Di Resta.

"We've had our high points this year, but unfortunately we've also suffered some bitter setbacks. All the same, it's a nice feeling to be going into the winter break after securing a podium."

Having previously spoken of struggling with the balance of his C63 Coupe earlier in the year, Di Resta says Mercedes will go into the winter break knowing how to come back stronger for 2017.

"We know that we have a long to-do list, but I'm part of the Mercedes-AMG family and it is important that we know what our objectives are and what we can achieve in the future," Di Resta continued.

"For the moment, I'm looking forward to the celebrations tonight, but the work for the new season will begin tomorrow morning."