Pascal Wehrlein

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Pascal Wehrlein
Pascal Wehrlein crop.JPG
Pascal Wehrlein in 2011
Born (1994-10-18) 18 October 1994 (age 23)
Sigmaringen, Germany
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality Germany German
Active years 20162017
Teams Manor, Sauber
Car number 94
Entries 40 (39 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 6
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First entry 2016 Australian Grand Prix
Last entry 2017 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
2017 position 18th (5 pts)
DTM
Years active 20132015, 2018
Former teams HWA Team
Mücke Motorsport
Starts 54
Championships 1 (2015)
Wins 3
Podiums 7
Poles 1
Fastest laps 2
Previous series
201213
2012
201011
F3 European Championship
Formula 3 Euro Series
ADAC Formel Masters
Championship titles
2015
2011
DTM
ADAC Formel Masters

Pascal Wehrlein (born 18 October 1994) is a German-Mauritian racing driver who previously raced in Formula One for both the Sauber and the MRT teams. Holding dual nationality of Germany and Mauritius, he races under the German flag in Formula One.[1] He had previously raced in the DTM, winning the title with the Mercedes-Benz team HWA AG in 2015. In 2014 Wehrlein became the youngest driver to win a DTM race at the age of 19 and the youngest to win the title in 2015 at the age of 20.

In February 2016 he began driving full-time for Manor, scoring his first championship point at the Austrian Grand Prix, out-classing his teammates. Manor folded in early 2017 and Wehrlein moved to Sauber, where he scored Sauber's only points that year. He was replaced for the 2018 season.

Early life[edit]

Wehrlein was born in Sigmaringen to a German father and Mauritian mother. His father Richard Wehrlein, who entered German boxing championships, owns a CNC machining company in Ostrach.[2][3]

Career[edit]

Karting[edit]

Wehrlein began karting in 2003 and raced only in his native Germany in his early career. He worked his way up from the junior ranks to progress through to the KF2 category by 2009, when he finished on fifth position in ADAC Kart Masters.[4][5]

ADAC Formel Masters[edit]

2010 saw his debut in the ADAC Formel Masters championship with ADAC Berlin-Brandenburg e.V. (also known as Mücke Motorsport). Wehrlein finished sixth in the championship with a win at Sachsenring and three other podiums.[6][7] He remained in the series with the team for the next year. Wehrlein scored seven wins at Oschersleben, Sachsenring, Zolder, Nürburgring and Lausitz on his way to the championship title.[8]

Formula 3 Euro Series[edit]

In 2012, Wehrlein stepped up to the Formula 3 Euro Series, continuing with Mücke Motorsport.[9] He finished 2nd in the championship to Daniel Juncadella.

DTM (2013–2015)[edit]

Wehrlein competing in the 2014 DTM season.

Wehrlein made his debut in the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) in 2013 at the age of 18. In a career spanning three seasons Wehrlein managed to be one of the leading drivers in the field despite his youthful age.

In his debut season he achieved 3 points finishing 22nd in the championship. He also achieved his first of two fastest laps in his career.

In 2014 he switched teams to HWA where he became the youngest driver in the series history to claim pole position and win a race on route to 8th in the championship with 46 points collected. Besides his stand out victory at Lausitz, Wehrlein's second best result of the season was a fifth-place finish at Norisring.

In 2015 DTM returned to running two races per race weekend, resulting in 18 rounds in the 2015 championship. Due to the inconsistency of most teams and drivers Wehrlein won the title easily having scored in all rounds except for three. He achieved 5 podiums, one fastest lap and two wins. He is the first driver to win the championship having not claimed a pole position throughout his championship season while also being the youngest ever DTM champion.

Formula One[edit]

Wehrlein testing for Force India during the 2015 pre-season

In September 2014, it was announced that Wehrlein would act as a reserve driver for the Mercedes F1 Team.[10] He took part in preseason testing in Barcelona, driving for both Force India and Mercedes.

Manor (2016)[edit]

Wehrlein driving for Manor at the 2016 Malaysian Grand Prix

In February 2016, it was announced that Wehrlein would make his F1 debut with Manor Racing. It is understood that Manor would receive access to Mercedes's wind tunnel in exchange for hiring Wehrlein.[11] He picked number 94, in reference to his birth year. Wehrlein scored his and Manor's only point of the season at the Austrian Grand Prix with a tenth-place finish.[12]

Sauber (2017)[edit]

Wehrlein driving for Sauber at the 2017 Malaysian Grand Prix

On 16 January 2017, Wehrlein signed with Sauber.[13] He was forced to miss the first test in Barcelona due to an injury he sustained while competing in the Race of Champions.[14] He was replaced by Antonio Giovinazzi before returning for the second test at the same circuit.[15] Despite being fit to take part in the Australian Grand Prix, he later withdrew after participating in the first two practice sessions, with Giovinazzi replacing him for the rest of the race weekend.[16] On 3 April 2017, Sauber F1 announced Wehrlein would again be replaced by Giovinazzi for the 2017 Chinese Grand Prix.[17] He proceeded with entry into the following Bahrain Grand Prix, qualifying 13th and finishing the race in 11th.[18] He finished eighth in the Spanish Grand Prix after running a one-stop strategy. He did not lose a single one of the places he gained, although a five-second penalty for a pit entry violation cost him seventh to Carlos Sainz Jr.[19] His race at the Monaco Grand Prix ended when, on the 57th lap, Jenson Button tried to lunge down the inside at Portier but succeeded in flipping the Sauber onto its side against the barriers, necessitating another scan of his back.[20] He scored his second points finish of the season in the chaotic Azerbaijan Grand Prix after fighting hard with his teammate Ericsson for 10th position. This took his points tally to 5 points. Despite having beaten Ericsson in both qualifying and the majority of races, plus being the only driver who scored points for Sauber that season, on 2 December 2017, Sauber announced that Wehrlein would not be renewed for the 2018 season and that he would be replaced by Charles Leclerc.[21]

Return to DTM (2018)[edit]

On 7 February 2018, it was announced that Wehrlein will return to the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters, with Mercedes-AMG's HWA Team, after losing his Formula One seat.[22] Pascal will be exiting Mercedes-AMG after 2018 season.

Racing record[edit]

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2010 ADAC Formel Masters ADAC Berlin-Brandenburg e.V. 20 1 1 1 4 147 6th
2011 ADAC Formel Masters ADAC Berlin-Brandenburg e.V. 24 8 7 4 13 331 1st
2012 Formula 3 Euro Series Mücke Motorsport 24 1 1 1 11 226 2nd
FIA Formula 3 European Championship 20 1 1 1 6 179 4th
Masters of Formula 3 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 5th
Macau Grand Prix 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 4th
2013 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters Mücke Motorsport 10 0 0 1 0 3 22nd
FIA Formula 3 European Championship 3 1 2 2 3 49 14th
2014 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters HWA Team 10 1 1 0 1 46 8th
Formula One Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Test driver
2015 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters HWA AG 18 2 0 1 5 169 1st
Formula One Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Test driver
Sahara Force India F1 Team
2016 Formula One Manor Racing MRT 21 0 0 0 0 1 19th
Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Test driver
2017 Formula One Sauber F1 Team 19 0 0 0 0 5 18th
2018 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Petronas 16 0 0 0 1 100 8th*

* Season still in progress.

Complete Formula 3 Euro Series results[edit]

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 DC Points
2012 Mücke Motorsport Dallara F312/023 Mercedes HOC
1

Ret
HOC
2

9
HOC
3

8
BRH
1

5
BRH
2

3
BRH
3

5
RBR
1

2
RBR
2

6
RBR
3

4
NOR
1

7
NOR
2

3
NOR
3

Ret
NÜR
1

3
NÜR
2

4
NÜR
3

1
ZAN
1

7
ZAN
2

3
ZAN
3

3
VAL
1

5
VAL
2

3
VAL
3

4
HOC
1

2
HOC
2

8
HOC
3

2
2nd 226

Complete FIA Formula 3 European Championship results[edit]

(key)

Year Entrant Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 DC Points
2012 Mücke Motorsport Mercedes HOC
1

Ret
HOC
2

8
PAU
1

Ret
PAU
2

9
BRH
1

5
BRH
2

5
RBR
1

2
RBR
2

4
NOR
1

7
NOR
2

Ret
SPA
1

14
SPA
2

12
NÜR
1

3
NÜR
2

1
ZAN
1

7
ZAN
2

3
VAL
1

5
VAL
2

4
HOC
1

2
HOC
2

2
4th 179
2013 Mücke Motorsport Mercedes MNZ
1

3
MNZ
2

1
MNZ
3

2
SIL
1
SIL
2
SIL
3
HOC
1
HOC
2
HOC
3
BRH
1
BRH
2
BRH
3
RBR
1
RBR
2
RBR
3
NOR
1
NOR
2
NOR
3
NÜR
1
NÜR
2
NÜR
3
ZAN
1
ZAN
2
ZAN
3
VAL
1
VAL
2
VAL
3
HOC
1
HOC
2
HOC
3
14th 49

Complete Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Pos Points
2013 Mücke Motorsport DTM AMG Mercedes C-Coupé HOC
11
BRH
10
SPL
10
LAU
17
NOR
20†
MSC
11
NÜR
10
OSC
11
ZAN
12
HOC
17
22nd 3
2014 HWA Team DTM AMG Mercedes C-Coupé HOC
11
OSC
Ret
HUN
14
NOR
5
MSC
8
SPL
Ret
NÜR
10
LAU
1
ZAN
7
HOC
20†
8th 46
2015 HWA AG DTM AMG Mercedes C-Coupé HOC
1

2
HOC
2

8
LAU
1

5
LAU
2

13
NOR
1

1
NOR
2

5
ZAN
1

10
ZAN
2

6
SPL
1

2
SPL
2

21†
MSC
1

1
MSC
2

10
OSC
1

5
OSC
2

5
NÜR
1

3
NÜR
2

5
HOC
1

8
HOC
2

20
1st 169
2018 Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Petronas Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM HOC
1

5
HOC
2

6
LAU
1

8
LAU
2

3
HUN
1

13
HUN
2

12
NOR
1

13
NOR
2

9
ZAN
1

4
ZAN
2

6
BRH
1

7
BRH
2

4
MIS
1

6
MIS
2

12
NÜR
1

7
NÜR
2

9
SPL
1

SPL
2

HOC
1

HOC
2

8th* 100*

Driver did not finish, but completed 75% of the race distance. * Season still in progress.

Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 WDC Points
2016 Manor Racing MRT Manor MRT05 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid 1.6 V6 t AUS
16
BHR
13
CHN
18
RUS
18
ESP
16
MON
14
CAN
17
EUR
Ret
AUT
10
GBR
Ret
HUN
19
GER
17
BEL
Ret
ITA
Ret
SIN
16
MAL
15
JPN
22
USA
17
MEX
Ret
BRA
15
ABU
14
19th 1
2017 Sauber F1 Team Sauber C36 Ferrari 061 1.6 V6 t AUS
WD
CHN BHR
11
RUS
16
ESP
8
MON
Ret
CAN
15
AZE
10
AUT
14
GBR
17
HUN
15
BEL
Ret
ITA
16
SIN
12
MAL
17
JPN
15
USA
Ret
MEX
14
BRA
14
ABU
14
18th 5

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Musterschüler Wehrlein will immer Erster sein". Motorsport-Magazin.com (in German). Retrieved 27 April 2017. 
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  5. ^ "ADAC Kart Masters – KF2 2009". Driver Database. Retrieved 9 April 2012. 
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