The Sauber F1 Team confirmed on Monday that Manor Racing and Mercedes AMG PETRONAS F1 Team backed Pascal Wehrlein has joined the outfit for 2017 replacing Felipe Nasr as Marcus Ericsson’s team mate.

The highly rated German scored Manor’s only point last season and heads into this season following an extremely impressive season in 2016 for the 22 year old. Speaking about his addition to the outfit, Sauber F1 Team Principal Monisha Keltenborn commented by saying:

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.

Wehrlein commented on his new role by saying:

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.

The news rules Werhlein out of taking the second seat at Mercedes alongside Lewis Hamilton and means that Valtteri Bottas is almost certain to be announced as the Brackley based outfit’s second driver for this season but we will just have to wait and see what happens.

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