F1 testing: Mercedes brings in Pascal Wehrlein to try new parts

Mercedes has drafted in Pascal Wehrlein in place of Esteban Ocon for the second day of the Formula 1 in-season test at Barcelona

F1 testing: Mercedes brings in Pascal Wehrlein to try new parts

The Manor driver, who is also Mercedes' reserve, told Autosport he found out about the late change on Tuesday night.

The team told Autosport the reason for the switch was because it needed an experienced driver to test new parts.

Mercedes says Ocon will join the team for the second in-season test that follows the British Grand Prix at Silverstone in July.

The decision to run Wehrlein means Lewis Hamilton will not drive in this year's in-season tests as Mercedes will need to use its two remaining days for young drivers as per the rules.

It is a repeat of the situation last year, when Hamilton missed the tests in Spain and Austria with Rosberg and then-reserve driver Wehrlein doing two days apiece.

Elsewhere, Spanish Grand Prix winner Max Verstappen takes over from Daniel Ricciardo at Red Bull with Kevin Magnussen driving the Renault.

At Williams, Felipe Massa will get his first opportunity to try out the team's new radical rear wing.

Ferrari is running Antonio Fuoco, a member of its driver academy, while Manor is using development driver Jordan King.

Esteban Gutierrez has taken over from Romain Grosjean at Haas, McLaren is running reserve Stoffel Vandoorne and Daniil Kvyat is in at Toro Rosso.

Force India's development driver Alfonso Celis Jr the only driver to test for the second successive day.

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