Pascal Wehrlein will leave Mercedes-AMG, when the 2018 DTM season ends. That has been announced by Mercedes-AMG today.
Wehrlein has been with the manufacturer for 6 seasons, where he stepped into the DTM in 2013 as the youngest driver ever. He became the youngest race winner in the history in 2014, before claiming the DTM Title in 2015, as the youngest champion ever.
The quick rise sent him to Formula 1 in 2016 at Manor, before he moved to Sauber in 2017.
The Formula 1 musical chairs 2018 stopped without a seat for Wehrlein, who has a father from Germany and a mother from Mauritania. As Mercedes driver, they had to find a seat for him, and dragged him back into the DTM, where he has been somewhat of a disappointment. Only once this season, has he been on the podium, and currently sits 8th in the Championship, with Mercedes drivers in 1st, 2nd, 4th and 7th.
Mercedes-AMG will quit DTM after this season, but there was an expectation of Pascal staying with the team, and becoming a part of their new Formula E team – but that isn’t the case.
The team writes in their press release that the contract runs out at the end of 2018, and has chosen not to extend it, since they don’t have any meaningful programme to place him in.
Time will tell what the next job for Pascal Wehrlein will be. As a 23 year-old driver, he still has a lot of years ahead of him in the motorsport world.