Paul di Resta's early-season performances have been labelled as 'exceptional' by Mercedes-Benz motorsport boss Norbert Haug.
And although di Resta failed to add to his points tally in China last weekend, his speed in the car has earned high praise from Haug - who saw the Scotsman capture the DTM crown for Mercedes-Benz last year.
"I think it is exceptional and remarkable," said Haug when asked by AUTOSPORT for his feelings on di Resta's performances so far this year.
"To be in his third race and take eighth on the grid that is very good and very impressive, especially considering he did not get a lot of running in second practice.
"We always knew he was a very good and very talented guy, and when he gets in the right groove - we saw it in DTM - it can be very special for him.
"F1 will be very good for him I think. His team-mate is tough, the speed is quite impressive and he is doing a good job. We are pleased we helped him in his junior career."