Pas­cal Wehrlein com­pletes Sauber’s line-up after miss­ing Mercedes seat

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Mercedes ju­nior driver Pas­cal Wehrlein will race for Sauber this year.

Wehrlein had been in the run­ning for the va­cant Mercedes F1 Team seat along­side Lewis Hamil­ton, but the squad favoured Valt­teri Bot­tas’s ex­pe­ri­ence ( see above).

Wehrlein – the 2015 DTM cham­pion – was also un­der con­sid­er­a­tion for a seat with Force In­dia, but was over­looked for Este­ban Ocon.

Wehrlein will now join Sauber to race along­side Mar­cus Eric­s­son. The deal means that Felipe Nasr is set to miss out on a race seat this year.

“It is a new chal­lenge in a new team, and I am re­ally ex­cited for this new ad­ven­ture,” said Wehrlein.

“Our ob­jec­tive is to es­tab­lish our­selves in the mid­field and to score points on a reg­u­lar ba­sis. That be­ing said, I will do my best to sup­port Sauber and want to say a big thank you for trust­ing me and giv­ing me this great chance.”

Sauber’s Mon­isha Kal­tenborn added: “Pas­cal has shown tal­ent through­out his ca­reer, and he proved his po­ten­tial by scor­ing his first point in F1 last year.

“There is surely more to come from Pas­cal, and we want to give him the chance to grow and learn at the pin­na­cle of motorsport.”

Sauber has signed Pas­cal Wehrlein

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