Pascal Wehrlein joins Sauber for 2017 Formula One season
The 22-year-old German driver Pascal Wehrlein joins Sauber F1 Team for the 2017 Formula One season. Since Nico Rosberg left Mercedes, many wanted to see another German driver in the German team but Wehrlein lands into Swiss team. Wehrlein will continue to drive the #94 car, using the same number he had in his first F1 season with Manor. His teammate in the Ferrari-powered #9 Sauber C36 would be Marcus Ericsson.
Wehrlein, who in 2015 became the youngest ever DTM champion, earlier was mentioned as a candidate to replace Nico Hulkenberg in Force India, but that seat was given to Esteban Ocon, Pascal’s teammate from the previous year.
“We are very pleased to confirm Pascal Wehrlein as our second race driver for the 2017 Formula One World Championship. Pascal has shown his talent throughout his career – in single seater racing as well as in the DTM. Last year in his rookie Formula One season, he proved his potential by scoring one point in the Austrian GP in Spielberg. There is surely more to come from Pascal, and we want to give him the chance to further grow and learn at the pinnacle of motorsport. I am confident Marcus and Pascal will form a solid combination for 2017,” said Monisha Kaltenborn, Sauber’s Team Principal.
“I am very delighted at being a part of the Sauber F1 Team for the upcoming Formula One Season. It is a new challenge in a new team, and I am really excited and looking forward to this new adventure. Our objective is to establish ourselves in the mid-field and to score points on a regular basis. That being said, I will do my best to support Sauber. Now I am looking forward to meeting everyone in the team and to tackling the preparations for the 2017 season. I want to say a big thank you to Sauber for trusting in me and giving me this great chance. And surely, a huge thanks also goes to Mercedes for the support,” Pascal Wehrlein added.
Only three driver seats for the 2017 Formula 1 campaign are still available. Mercedes still has to confirm arrival of Valtteri Bottas, while Manor Racing must to act quickly as their both drivers left the team during the winter break.