Manor strengthens Mercedes link with Pascal Wehrlein 2016 F1 deal

Manor Racing will have use of a Mercedes windtunnel as part of the deal that brings Pascal Wehrlein into the team for the 2016 Formula 1 season, Autosport understands

Manor strengthens Mercedes link with Pascal Wehrlein 2016 F1 deal

Mercedes reserve Wehrlein has joined Manor on a one-year contract, believed to be worth around €5-6million to the back-of-the-grid team.

Although Manor is to run with this year's spec of Mercedes engine, Wehrlein's move is completely independent of the power unit supply contract.

Crucially for Manor, in terms of aerodynamic development over the course of this season, it will have access to Mercedes' 50 per cent windtunnel facility at Brackley.

Assessing his move, Wehrlein said: "Manor Racing is a great place for me to start my Formula 1 racing career - I'm very pleased to be here.

"It's a small and totally focused team and I soon hope to know everyone.

"Though it's my first F1 season my aim is to help Stephen [Fitzpatrick, owner] and the guys achieve their goals.

"It will be a tough challenge, but I think we should be able to challenge for points along the way. It's going to be good fun.

"A word for my racing family at Mercedes-Benz, and particularly for Toto [Wolff], who have guided my career this far and made this opportunity possible.

"Thanks for the incredible support to help me achieve my dream; now it's down to me to grab the moment and perform on track."

The 21-year-old German, who last season became the youngest champion in the history of the DTM, will race with the number 94 he used to claim that title.

He will also retain his reserve role with Mercedes.

Wehrlein was named as understudy to Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg in September 2014, and has enjoyed a number of outings in the car.

It is understood Mercedes can recall Wehrlein should injury or illness preclude Hamilton or Rosberg from driving over the course of a grand prix weekend, but not in last-minute circumstances to avoid impacting on Manor.

To that end Esteban Ocon, named as reserve with Renault last week and set to take up Wehrlein's Mercedes seat in the DTM, will also continue with the German marque after he was handed a role with the F1 team last November.

Looking ahead to the season with Wehrlein, Fitzpatrick said: "Pascal is a sharp driver with a very promising future. Manor Racing is excited to have him aboard.

"We're a small team up for a big challenge this season, so we've chosen a driver with the talent and hunger to match our own on-track ambitions.

"Pascal has impressed in testing for Mercedes and Force India, together with commanding performances in DTM, culminating in the championship win last year.

"Manor Racing is perfectly placed to help Pascal make a big impact in his first season. We're looking forward to it."

shares
comments
Ricciardo: Engine performance Red Bull F1 team's only question mark

Previous article

Ricciardo: Engine performance Red Bull F1 team's only question mark

Next article

Analysis: How Manor F1's Pascal Wehrlein earned Mercedes' faith

Analysis: How Manor F1's Pascal Wehrlein earned Mercedes' faith
Load comments
The 70s US superteam that tried and failed to crack F1 Plus

The 70s US superteam that tried and failed to crack F1

Vel’s Parnelli Jones Racing was briefly one of the biggest names on the US motorsports scene, but its ambition outstripped its resources. STUART CODLING relates the story of a Formula 1 campaign cut off in its prime

The key details that boosted Red Bull and held back Hamilton in Verstappen’s USA victory Plus

The key details that boosted Red Bull and held back Hamilton in Verstappen’s USA victory

As the 2021 Formula 1 title battle winds towards its climax, the United States GP added another thrilling act in the Lewis Hamilton-Max Verstappen battle. Although Hamilton aced the start, Verstappen and Red Bull took the initiative with strategy and were richly rewarded, despite Mercedes' best efforts as the race went down to the wire

Formula 1
Oct 25, 2021
US Grand Prix Driver Ratings Plus

US Grand Prix Driver Ratings

On a baking hot afternoon at the returning Circuit of the Americas, Formula 1 drivers were tested to their limits. As the pressure on the title contending squads reaches an ever-greater level of intensity, the foremost challengers again showed their class, but were outshone by a standout drive from the upper midfield

Formula 1
Oct 25, 2021
Why F1's misunderstood party animal will thrive in retirement Plus

Why F1's misunderstood party animal will thrive in retirement

Three years on from Kimi Raikkonen's last Grand Prix victory at Austin, he is now six races away from ending the longest Formula 1 career in history. His friend and former Ice1 Racing rally team PR man ANTHONY PEACOCK explains why there’s nobody quite like the 2007 world champion and why F1 will miss him (but he won’t miss it)

Formula 1
Oct 24, 2021
The 10 greatest drives of lost legend Jo Siffert Plus

The 10 greatest drives of lost legend Jo Siffert

It's 50 years since Jo Siffert was killed in his prime at Brands Hatch. The Swiss scored just two world championship wins in a Formula 1 career spent largely with privateer teams, but showed on numerous occasions in single-seaters and in sportscars with Porsche that he could beat any of the best drivers of his era given the right equipment

Formula 1
Oct 24, 2021
Verstappen exclusive: How Red Bull’s ace has become F1 champion material Plus

Verstappen exclusive: How Red Bull’s ace has become F1 champion material

As Red Bull and Honda go all-out for victory in the Japanese engine manufacturer’s last season of its latest Formula 1 dalliance, Max Verstappen finds himself thrust into a compelling title fight with Lewis Hamilton. He told OLEG KARPOV about his evolution into a world championship contender and why Red Bull's no compromise ethos suits him down to the ground

Formula 1
Oct 23, 2021
How Mercedes went from Austin practice domination to "very tight at the front" with Red Bull Plus

How Mercedes went from Austin practice domination to "very tight at the front" with Red Bull

Mercedes has been on a roll of late in the ultra-tight fight to win the 2021 Formula 1 world championship. It started off well in practice at Austin for this weekend’s US Grand Prix, but Red Bull got closer as Friday unfolded and even seemed to find an edge in one critical area of what seems set to be another close contest

Formula 1
Oct 23, 2021
The six critical factors that could hand F1 2021 glory to Hamilton or Verstappen Plus

The six critical factors that could hand F1 2021 glory to Hamilton or Verstappen

The 2021 Formula 1 title battle is finely poised with six races remaining, as just six points separate championship leader Max Verstappen from seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton. In such a closely-fought season, the outcome could hinge on several small factors playing the way of Red Bull or Mercedes

Formula 1
Oct 22, 2021