After a late night call up to complete Mercedes’ testing programme for day two of the Barcelona in-season test, Pascal Wehrlein feels ready to compete for a championship winning team.

The young German driver received a call at 8pm last night from Mercedes asking if he would complete their testing duties for day two, as he has more experience within the team than scheduled driver Esteban Ocon.

Wehrlein returned to the track late at night to have his seat fitting and go over the day’s schedule leaving the track at midnight.

“I think yesterday they couldn’t finish the test program and they wanted an experienced driver, so yesterday evening I got the call and went back to the race track, did the seat fit and was driving today,” Wehrlein said.

“We did many laps, I think more than 130 laps so more than two race distances and it was a busy day.”

When asked about the possibility of replacing Nico Rosberg should his compatriot switch teams at the end of the season, Wehrlein calmly answered, “Yes I would be ready”.

“I’m pushing as hard as I can, that I can’t win a race this year is clear. You never know what happens in the future. At the moment, I just focus on my job this year, I want to learn as much as possible and get the best results out of the car.

Testing for a championship-winning team is a golden opportunity to show what you can do as a driver, so it’s no surprise that Wehrlein feels like he’s always on audition.

“you cannot relax, step back, hope or be sure of what happens next year or the next years so you always need to push, always need to push yourself and make the best out of it.”

Image via Mercedes AMG Petronas

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