Helmut Marko: Pascal Wehrlein on Toro Rosso shortlist for F1 2019

Red Bull motorsport boss Helmut Marko admits that Pascal Wehrlein is on a "long list" of candidates for the second Toro Rosso seat in the 2019 Formula 1 season

Helmut Marko: Pascal Wehrlein on Toro Rosso shortlist for F1 2019

On Saturday, Daniil Kvyat was officially confirmed as Pierre Gasly's replacement, leaving the seat currently occupied by Brendon Hartley yet to be confirmed.

Wehrlein has made himself a possible option for Toro Rosso by cutting his ties with Mercedes and becoming a free agent.

Wehrlein is is understood to have met Marko in Graz last week, and the Red Bull boss admitted that the driver's availability had made Wehrlein a candidate.

"It's a different story now, yes," he told Autosport. "We haven't made any decision. He's on a long list."

However Christian Horner has downplayed the possibility, suggesting that the German is already committed elsewhere.

"My understanding is he's off to do Formula E next year," he told Autosport.

Asked if that might change if Wehrlein had an F1 offer Horner said: "That's a discussion that we'll have internally.

"There are numerous options available. I think we've got plenty of time. I don't think we need to be in a rush."

Meanwhile Marko insisted that Mick Schumacher was not a possible candidate, despite his recent run of success that is likely to culminate in the Formula 3 European Championship title.

"No, definitely not," said Marko. "I think it's too early for him. Let's see what happens in F2"

Ferrari has recently made its interest in Schumacher clear, with the driver likely to move to Formula 2 next year even though he will have the required superlicense points for F1.

Red Bull headhunted Verstappen from F3 in 2014, and when Marko was asked if he saw parallels with Schumacher, he said: "No, it's not a similar situation."

How Schumacher became a title contender

The Wehrlein links come at a time when Hartley's Toro Rosso future has not been confirmed.

Hartley believes he has a long-term contract, but when Marko was asked what the driver had to do to secure his seat, he said: "Beat Gasly. There's five races or six left."

Marko also suggested that Esteban Ocon would be of interest if, like Wehrlein, he was free of his Mercedes ties.

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has made clear that such a move will not happen.

"If he's [Ocon] free from all contracts, we could discuss it," he told Sky Sports F1.

shares
comments
Russian Grand Prix FP3: Lewis Hamilton leads Mercedes 1-2

Previous article

Russian Grand Prix FP3: Lewis Hamilton leads Mercedes 1-2

Next article

Daniil Kvyat called Marko before Ricciardo's Red Bull exit public

Daniil Kvyat called Marko before Ricciardo's Red Bull exit public
Load comments

About this article

Series Formula 1
Drivers Pascal Wehrlein
Teams Toro Rosso
Author Adam Cooper
How Verstappen and Hamilton’s Imola clash sets the tone for F1’s 2021 title fight Plus

How Verstappen and Hamilton’s Imola clash sets the tone for F1’s 2021 title fight

In Max Verstappen's Formula 1 career to date, he has been cast as the 'pretender', an acknowledged top-line performer without the car to regularly challenge Lewis Hamilton. But that no longer applies in 2021, and the start to the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix was the most telling signal yet of what we can expect from their duel this year

How “overwhelming” McLaren move has given Ricciardo a new verve Plus

How “overwhelming” McLaren move has given Ricciardo a new verve

Daniel Ricciardo has found a new lease of life at McLaren – a move that’s been years in the making, as he explains to STUART CODLING…

Formula 1
Apr 20, 2021
The German legend who raced and beat Nuvolari Plus

The German legend who raced and beat Nuvolari

Ninety years ago, Rudolf Caracciola became the first non-Italian to win the epic Mille Miglia. We look at how he stacks up to the most famous pre-war ace Tazio Nuvolari, one of the drivers he beat on that day in 1931

Formula 1
Apr 20, 2021
How 2021's midfielders have taken lessons from F1's top teams Plus

How 2021's midfielders have taken lessons from F1's top teams

Formula 1’s latest Imola adventure turned into an expensive trip for many teams due to several crashes throughout the weekend. While balancing the books is an added factor in 2021 with the cost cap, a few midfield teams have cashed in early on development investments

Formula 1
Apr 19, 2021
Emilia Romagna Grand Prix Driver Ratings Plus

Emilia Romagna Grand Prix Driver Ratings

A frantic wet race at Imola produced plenty of excitement and drama as drivers scrabbled for grip. Amid the hatful of mistakes and incidents that ensued, who kept their noses cleanest?

Formula 1
Apr 19, 2021
How the Emilia Romagna GP result hinged on three crucial saves Plus

How the Emilia Romagna GP result hinged on three crucial saves

Rain before the start of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix promised to spice up the action, and the race certainly delivered on that. Max Verstappen got the best launch to win from Lewis Hamilton, but both got away with mistakes that could have had serious consequences

Formula 1
Apr 19, 2021
The back-bedroom world-beater that began a new F1 era Plus

The back-bedroom world-beater that began a new F1 era

The first in a line of world beaters was designed in a back bedroom and then constructed in a shed. STUART CODLING recalls the Tyrrell 001

Formula 1
Apr 18, 2021
The clues Hamilton’s F1 contract afterthought gives to his future Plus

The clues Hamilton’s F1 contract afterthought gives to his future

The Formula 1 world reacted with surprise when it learned Lewis Hamilton’s long-awaited new Mercedes deal guarantees his presence on the grid only until the end of 2021. Both parties claimed publicly they were happy with the arrangement but, asks MARK GALLAGHER, is there more to it than that?

Formula 1
Apr 17, 2021