Pascal Wehrlein will return to his former DTM manufacturer team Mercedes-Benz in 2018.
The German driver has spent the past two years competing in Formula 1 with the Manor Racing and Sauber F1 Teams, and was replaced at the latter by upcoming talent and Ferrari Academy driver Charles Leclerc.
With teammate Ericsson protected by the team’s Swedish investors and Leclerc backed by Ferrari – which introduced Alfa Romeo as a major partner for the Swiss team this year – Wehrlein’s place at Sauber was always under threat.
The introduction of Leclerc left Wehrlein without a drive for 2018, although his Mercedes backers ultimately found him a seat in the DTM championship. Prior to making his F1 debut, Wehrlein became the youngest ever driver to the DTM title in 2015 at the age of 21.
Wehrlein has achieved three wins from 28 starts in the category with an additional six podiums and one pole position.
The 23-year-old will only be racing for Mercedes-Benz for one season. Mercedes-Benz announced its withdrawal from the DTM series to switch its focus on entering the FIA Formula E Championship as a manufacturer.
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