Mercedes-AMG DTM’s Daniel Juncadella took a well-deserved fifth place for race one at Moscow Raceway, securing his best finish of the season.
However; the Spaniard felt he could have been able to compete for a potential podium place, had there not been two Safety Car periods in the sprint race.
“Overall, I’m happy with the race, but I wanted a little bit more. When you’re so close to achieving a podium, you would obviously prefer to end up there,” said the Mücke Motorsport driver, who started from tenth on the grid.
It was the 24-year-old’s best finish in his DTM career since Lausitzring last year, where he again narrowly missed out on a podium, but secured a credible fourth place.
He remains optimistic for race two on Sunday, having finished close behind BMW’s Bruno Spengler and Audi’s Jamie Green during race 1.
“My start and the first two laps were good. My pace was also very good. However overtaking is tricky here. All in all, though, it was okay.”
Juncadella is currently 17th in the drivers’ standings, level on 24 points with Audi’s Nico Müller.