user icon

Wehrlein hoping for concrete Manor news soon

  • Published on 13 Jan 2016 12:01
  • comments 2
  • By: Rob Veenstra

Pascal Wehrlein says he is still waiting to know if he will make his formula one debut in 2016. Up and down the grid, the only official race seat vacancies still up for grabs for this year are at the backmarker Manor.

Mercedes reserve and new reigning DTM champion Wehrlein, 21, is in the running for a seat, but so too are Alexander Rossi, Will Stevens and the handsomely-backed Indonesian Rio Haryanto. And Toto Wolff admitted recently that Manor's other candidates are the favourites, as Mercedes is only willing to spend so much on a place for the young German.

When asked about the prospect of making his F1 debut in 2016, Wehrlein said this week: "The situation is unchanged. I hope that soon there is something concrete," he told the German website motorsport-total.com. "As a driver, you want to prepare purposefully for the task ahead."

Wehrlein suggested that if he does not make it into F1 this year, he will instead spend the season defending his title for Mercedes in DTM. "No matter how it turns out, I look ahead with pleasure into 2016 as I have so much fun in DTM. And perhaps I will get a chance in formula one for the 2017 season," he added.

Wehrlein said there is no point becoming frustrated about the situation in F1, where drivers with more financial backing are increasingly at the front of the queue. "I cannot change the situation," he insisted. "There are just other drivers who can bring a lot of money. These colleagues are of course happy they can do it that way. It doesn't annoy me because I begrudge them a cockpit, but because I really did everything I could in 2015 in order to put myself towards formula one," Wehrlein added.

"It is also true that even the drivers who come into F1 with money are not exactly slow. And some of the teams are in the situation that they are dependent on that money. So it's just the way it is," he said. (GMM)

Replies (2)

Login to reply
  • Pompey

    Posts: 84

    Catch 22. Driver paying for a seat unlikely to progress any further, versus raw talented driver in team with no money unlikely to progress any further!

    • + 0
    • Jan 13 2016 - 14:32
  • khasmir

    Posts: 893

    True, it's just the way it is. Not much you can do about that.
    Also true: even with all the money in the world you need to have at least some talent for going fast. But in some cases things are getting a bit out of proportions. Cough... Crashtor... ;)

    • + 0
    • Jan 13 2016 - 18:54

BE Grand Prix of Belgium

Local time 

BE Grand Prix of Belgium

Local time 

Related news

World Championship standings 2022

Show full world champion standings

Test calendar

See full test schedule

Give your opinion!

Will Bottas challenge Hamilton for the world championship in 2020?

Driver profile

  • Team Marussia
  • Points 0
  • Podiums 0
  • Grand Prix 19
  • Country GB
  • Date of b. Jun 28 1991 (31)
  • Place of b. Roachford, GB
  • Weight 63 kg
  • Length 1.71 m
Show full profile

Team profile

Show full profile

Formula 1 Calendar - 2022

Date
Grand Prix
Circuit
-
Spain
-
Bahrain
18 - Mar 20
Bahrain
25 - Mar 27
Saudi Arabia
8 - Apr 10
Australia
22 - Apr 24
Italy
6 - May 8
United States of America
20 - May 22
Spain
27 - May 29
Monaco
10 - Jun 12
Azerbaijan
17 - Jun 19
Canada
1 - Jul 3
United Kingdom
8 - Jul 10
Austria
22 - Jul 24
France
29 - Jul 31
Hungary
26 - Aug 28
Belgium
2 - Sep 4
Netherlands
9 - Sep 11
Italy
30 - Oct 2
Singapore
7 - Oct 9
Japan
21 - Oct 23
United States of America
28 - Oct 30
Mexico
11 - Nov 13
Brazil
18 - Nov 20
United Arab Emirates
See full schedule

Formula 1 Calendar - 2022

Date
Grand Prix & Circuit
18 - Mar 20
25 - Mar 27
Saudi Arabia Jeddah Street Circuit
8 - Apr 10
Australia Albert Park
22 - Apr 24
6 - May 8
United States of America Miami International Autodrome
20 - May 22
27 - May 29
Monaco Monte Carlo
10 - Jun 12
Azerbaijan Baku City Circuit
17 - Jun 19
1 - Jul 3
United Kingdom Silverstone
8 - Jul 10
Austria Red Bull Ring
22 - Jul 24
France Paul Ricard
29 - Jul 31
Hungary Hungaroring
26 - Aug 28
2 - Sep 4
Netherlands Circuit Zandvoort
9 - Sep 11
Italy Monza
30 - Oct 2
7 - Oct 9
21 - Oct 23
United States of America Circuit of the Americas
28 - Oct 30
11 - Nov 13
Brazil Interlagos
18 - Nov 20
United Arab Emirates Yas Marina Circuit
See full schedule
show sidebar