New Mercedes DTM driver Pascal Wehrlein to keep Euro F3 Monza drive
|By Jamie O'Leary
||Monday, March 18th 2013, 10:12 GMT
New Mercedes DTM driver Pascal Wehrlein will contest the opening round of the Formula 3 European Championship at Monza this weekend, despite the recent confirmation of his graduation into touring cars.
The 18-year-old German was announced as Ralf Schumacher's replacement at Mercedes on Saturday morning following the grand prix winner's decision to retire from driving.
He will partner reigning European F3 champion Daniel Juncadella in RSC Mucke's pair of Mercedes C-coupes.
However, Wehrlein will remain with Mucke's F3 operation - for which he had initially planned to race this year - for the season-opener at the Italian circuit as the DTM does not kick off until May.
Wehrlein's move frees up a seat at Mucke's F3 team alongside Felix Rosenqvist, Roy Nissany and Mitchell Gilbert from the second round at Silverstone in April.
Meanwhile the opening day of this week's official pre-season test at Monza on Monday has been cancelled due to snow in northern Italy. Testing is due to resume on Tuesday.