Wehrlein joins Sauber F1 Team

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The Sauber F1 Team is pleased to announce that Pascal Wehrlein will complete the team’s driver line-up for the 2017 Formula One World Championship. He will race alongside Swede Marcus Ericsson who continues with the Swiss team.

22-year old Wehrlein started in karting and has proved his potential in junior single seater racing, but above all with Mercedes-Benz in the DTM where he drove from 2013 until 2015. In that Touring car championship, he became the youngest champion in 2015 before making the move to F1.

Monisha Kaltenborn, Team Principal of Sauber proved happy to end the speculation, and underlined also that this proves Sauber continues to support young drivers.

“We are very pleased to confirm Pascal Wehrlein as our second race driver for the 2017 Formula One World Championship", Kaltenborn commented.

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.”

Pascal Wehrlein meanwhile said to be delighted with his move. Most likely not least because he now has certainty of a ride this year, given that his former team, Manor F1 are in financial trouble and unlikely to make it to this year's grid.

“I am very delighted at being a part of the Sauber F1 Team for the upcoming Formula One Season", he said.

"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.”