Pascal Wehrlein  Germany

  • Full name Pascal Wehrlein
  • Birth date October 18, 1994
  • Birthplace Sigmaringen, Germany
  • Current age 24 years 361 days
  • Teams Mercedes, Alfa Romeo, Manor
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World Championship Career
Year Car Race Start Won Pod Class Best Pole Front Best Lap Hat Pts Pos
2016 Manor 21 21 0 0 16 10 0 0 12 0 0 1 19
2017 Alfa Romeo 18 18 0 0 15 8 0 0 10 0 0 5 18
Total 39 39 0 0 31 8 0 0 10 0 0 6
Race Circuit Date
First race Australian Grand Prix Albert Park March 20, 2016 Race results
Last race Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Yas Marina November 26, 2017 Race results

Pascal Wehrlein arrived in Formula One via DTM after being spotted as a rising star by Mercedes while racing in Formula 3. He started his career in go-karts in 2004 and progressed to car racing in 2010 after winning the DMV karting championship the previous year.

He was crowned champion in his second year racing in the ADAC Formel Masters series and took the step up to Formula 3 in 2012. After an incredibly consistent rookie year, he finished second in his first season in the F3 Euroseries with one win to his name. He started his 2013 season with a win in the wet at Monza, but after just one race weekend he was plucked from F3 to replace Ralf Schumacher in DTM for Mercedes.

At 18 years old he was the youngest driver ever to compete in the DTM and led for a handful of laps on his first outing. He finished the season with just three points, but better prepared for his second season when he took pole position at the Lausitzring and became the youngest winner in DTM history. He finished the year eighth in the standings and, after a season working more closely with the Mercedes F1 team, including his first test in a 2012 car at Portimao, was rewarded with a further test in Abu Dhabi in the championship-winning W05.

More F1 testing followed in 2015 and he completed the unusual feat of testing two cars in one day when he filled in for an ill Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes in the morning and drove for Force India in the afternoon. In-season tests for Mercedes and Force India followed before a final day of testing in the W06 at Abu Dhabi to analyse Pirelli's 2016 tyres.

Meanwhile, Wehrlein displayed more impressive consistency in DTM to win the title with two victories ahead of Audi's DTM veteran Jamie Green. His 2016 plans remained unclear throughout the winter of 2015/16 but two weeks ahead of the first test of the new season he was confirmed as a Manor racing driver. Mercedes motor sport boss Toto Wolff cut the deal with the backmarker team, which also took on a supply of Mercedes power units for 2016 season.

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