Manor's Wehrlein waiting on Mercedes talks on 2017 F1 drive

Pascal Wehrlein expects to know what his future in Formula 1 holds after the summer break, following discussions with Mercedes

Manor's Wehrlein waiting on Mercedes talks on 2017 F1 drive

The German has been Mercedes' F1 reserve since late-2014, and joined Manor this season on a one-year contract, scoring his first point with 10th in the Austrian Grand Prix.

An opportunity to join the works team next year was closed off when Nico Rosberg signed a new deal that keeps him with Mercedes until the end of 2018, when Lewis Hamilton's contract also concludes.

There could still be opportunities for Wehrlein beyond Manor in 2017, with a Force India seat a possibility if Renault manages to prise Sergio Perez away.

"I need to sit together with Toto [Wolff, Mercedes team boss] and Mercedes and then we will discuss what the plans are for next year," said Wehrlein.

"Then we will start discussions.

"After the summer break, we will know a bit more."

For now, Wehrlein is fully focused on ensuring Manor holds onto 10th place in the constructors' championship, ahead of Sauber, because of the prize money it brings.

"The target for me this year was to help the team to be in a position to also fight with other teams, as we did in Spielberg by taking the opportunity and scoring a point," he said.

"That brought us ahead of Sauber and that will mean a lot of prize money next year so we can hire more guys in the team. We can also improve the car more for next year.

"I'm here to learn as much as I can and also help the team as much as I can.

"After 12 races, we are in P10, we did the job and that's why I am here.

"There is always you can do better but we as a team, we did a very good job but also the progress from the first race to now is huge.

"Now we need to keep going and improve even more and if we can stay in 10th position at the end of the season, we did our job."

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