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Pascal Wehrlein admits Williams 'only option' for 2018

  • Published on 10 Nov 2017 12:22
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  • By: Rob Veenstra

Pascal Wehrlein has admitted Williams is his last hope of staying on the F1 grid for 2018. The German does not deny reports that the Swiss team Sauber has decided to oust him after the Abu Dhabi finale. "I think my sporting performance now has no effect," Wehrlein, 23, said.

"The races here and in Abu Dhabi will not be decisive. We will not score points and everyone knows that," he added. "I would say that Williams is my only option for 2018," France's Auto Hebdo quotes him as saying in Brazil. "I was told pretty early on that there would probably be no room at Sauber next year. And if I miss next season, then returning to formula one after that would be very difficult," Wehrlein added.

Wehrlein admitted that financial backing is a problem, amid Toto Wolff's recent claim that Mercedes cannot support a driver forever. "If you do not have any sponsors, it's not possible to organise a cockpit today on your own. It doesn't work," he said. "If my family could pay five to ten million it would be different, but they cannot." (GMM)

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  • Underrated driver, deserves a chance

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    • Nov 10 2017 - 16:29
    • Savio

      Posts: 145

      Actually, he's worse than Ericsson. Princess Pascal doesn't deserve for chance, he's just a paydriver. When was the time of choosing drivers, Marcus showed huge balls in last two races, Pascal caunted only for Mercedes support..

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      • Nov 10 2017 - 18:36
    • mbmwe36

      Posts: 533

      Savio - Yup, it's pretty obvious that he felt like he was Mercedes' chosen one. And now that they've pivoted, he starts crying.

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      • Nov 10 2017 - 21:48
    • Everyone deserves a chance in a car with an competitive engine for sure. I prefer see him in Williams than the other guys who already had their chance.

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      • Nov 10 2017 - 23:47
  • mbmwe36

    Posts: 533

    Well, buh-bye...

    Sorry, but he doesn't deserve another chance, expecially with that attitude. He's got two races where he can shine and maybe salvage his F1 career. But he's got the booboo face already, so good riddance.

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    • Nov 10 2017 - 21:44
  • Orchide

    Posts: 82

    He is definately not a team player.
    According to some media sources that have insight in the team, confirms its true that Pascal got info from Mercedes he didn’t want to share with the team regarding tyre temperature. They knew that the tyres worked better a with lower temp, he has been knowing this the complete season and used it as an advantage. The engineers started to get suspicious why he always wanted to know the temp an keep it lower than their target. They tried lower temp on the other side of the garage as well and this is for sure the biggest reason to the speed they have had during the last races.
    With the history he has and now this, I doubt any team will sign him.

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    • Nov 11 2017 - 07:48
  • I really cant say whether he deserves to stay or not, because sadly he hasnt really had a competitive enough car to show off this season. I mean he did quite well with that Manor, but this year he hasnt exactly left Ericsson in the dust, and Marcus is pretty average at best.

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    • Nov 11 2017 - 14:32

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