Mercedes head into the brand new DTM season highly motivated as they prepare to showcase the latest evolution of their title-winning C63 challenger at the Hockenheimring.

Last season, rising F1-star Pascal Wehrlein took Mercedes to their first drivers' title since Paul di Resta's triumph back in 2010 - also making Wehrlein the DTM's youngest ever champion in the process before moving to Manor Racing for his F1 debut this year.

However, the Stuttgart manufacturer - seemingly not content in resting on their laurels - has faced a race against time over the winter in integrating the C63's new Coupe bodywork scheme with the existing aerodynamic package.

Like everyone else, Mercedes DTM boss Ulrich Fritz admits to a certain level of uncertainty as the pecking order remains to be revealed.

BMW and Audi each topped two of the four available days of testing but Mercedes remained in close proximity whilst building mileage with it's revised package.

"The whole team is obviously pleased that the DTM is starting at last. It's always special to start the season with a home fixture and to see the many Mercedes fans in the grandstand and in the paddock," said Fritz.

"Ahead of the first race, there is always a certain amount of uncertainty about where you stand compared to the opposition. The feeling is similar to a poker game when you have to show your hand.

"The guys have all worked hard to make the new car ready for use in the DTM. Above all, the motivation across the board is remarkable. I hope that Hockenheim will be the curtain-raiser to an exciting and successful season."