PascalWehrlein, born on 18th of October, 1994 in Sigmaringen, is a racing driver from Germany who won 2015 DTM title before moving to the Formula 1 World Championship.
His first racing experience was in karting when he was 9 years old. Pascal competed in Germany and progressed through the junior ranks with a lot of success, winning many regional championships and national titles. In 2009, his last year in karting, Wehrlein finished 5th in ADAC Kart Masters KF2 class and was ready for the next step in his career.
Pascal Wehrlein debuted in karting when he was 9
2011 ADAC Formula Masters champion
In 2010, Wehrlein debuted in the ADAC Formula Masters series. His rookie season was pretty good as he scored one win and a total of four podiums which was enough for the 6th place in the final classification.
Pascal Wehrlein won ADAC Formula Masters title in 2011
The following year in the series was much better. Driving for ADAC Berlin-Brandenburg team, Wehrlein won the title after he has scored seven wins. His talent was noticed by many and Pascal signed a contract with Mucke Motorsport to compete in Formula 3 from 2012.
Pascal was Formula 3 Euro Series runner-up in 2012
Competing in Formula 3 Euro Series, Wehrlein finished the season as a vice-champion. He won only 1 out of 24 races but had other 10 podium finishes. With 226 points on his account, Pascal finished 14 points behind Daniel Juncadella, but many well-known names, like Felix Rosenqvist, Tom Blomqvist, Sven Muller and Carlos Sainz Jr, were behind him.
The following year, Wehrlein drove only a first round of the FIA European Formula 3 Championship at Monza and managed to win one race before leaving the series.
Pascal became the youngest driver in the popular DTM Series. Still a teenager, he got an opportunity to drive one of Mucke Motorsport’s Mercedes’. Despite finishing last in the season, with only 3 points, Wehrlein showed that he can be very fast and that he will be a serious title challenger when he gains some experience.
Wehrlein, Mercedes DTM, 2014
In 2014, Wehrlein was moved from Mucke Motorsport and put behind the wheel of HWA Team’s Mercedes. He scored his maiden DTM win at Lausitzring and finished 8th in the Drivers’ championship and 3rd among Mercedes drivers.
The same year he became a reserve driver for Mercedes Formula 1 team. Interestingly, during the 2015 pre-season testing at Catalunya Circuit, he was driving for both Mercedes and Force India.
Pascal Wehrlein won 2015 DTM title
It was surprising when Wehrlein was crowned as a DTM champion. Driving against some extremely experienced racers, talented German confirmed his talent and grabbed the title in the penultimate race of the season.
Pascal Wehrlein celebrates DTM title with his team
He won the races at Norisring and Moscow Raceway, finished 2nd at Hockenheim and Red Bull Ring, while at Nurburgring he took the 3rd place. His consistency was at the very high level as he failed to score only thrice from 18 starts. At just 20, Wehrlein became the youngest DTM champion.
Formula 1 debut with Manor
It was clear that he deserves a place in Formula 1 but having Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg in the team seemed like he simply didn't belong there. He was patient and was even prepared to stay in DTM for another year, but in February of 2016, it was announced that he will drive for Manor F1 team.
Pascal Wehrlein debuted in Formula 1 in 2016 driving for Manor
Wehrlein became a member of the team that is a total outsider but still he could gain a lot of experience in the 2016 season. He even managed to score his and the team’s first point, finishing 10th at the Austrian Grand Prix at Red Bull Ring.