Manor Racing has announced that they have found a new driver for the 2016 Formula 1 season in the form of DTM champion Pascal Wehrlein.
Manor Racing owner Stephen Fitzpatrick said they are very excited to have the 21-year-old driver onboard. “We’re a small team up for a big challenge this season, so we’ve chosen a driver with the talent and hunger to match our own on-track ambitions,” he explained. Wehrlein is no stranger to the F1 world. He has been a reserve/test driver in the motorsport since 2014, having participated in eight official Formula 1 tests. The young driver had conducted tests for both Force India and Mercedes AMG Petronas teams.
In fact, according to the Mercedes Team, Wehrlein has “played an integral role” in the team’s race support operations throughout the 2014 season. In fact, the young driver was said to have even spent an entire day driving the F1 W05 Hybrid during the Abu Dhabi Test. Wehrlein also continued on as a reserve driver for the Mercedes team during the 2015 season. The young driver said he is grateful to the team especially to team boss Toto Wolff who Wehrlein said “guided my career this far and made this opportunity possible.”
It seems Wehrlein is ready to make his official Formula 1 racing debut, seeing as he has already proven himself enough to earn a seat. For one thing, he’s leaving the DTM competition as reigning champion. And overall, Wehrlein has had 38 DTM races and managed to achieve 3 victories, 6 podiums and 1 pole position. In his earlier racing days, this young driver also won the 2011 ADAC Formel Masters. The following year, Wehrlein made his debut in the F3 Euroseries where he managed achieve second place and claim the title of best rookie.
Now, it is just a matter of waiting for who the Manor team will pick to drive alongside Wehrlein this year. There is a chance that the team will go for Alexander Rossi who had already driven for Manor during five races last season.