Mercedes has announced that Pascal Wehrlein is its new reserve driver, with the 19-year-old having taken his first DTM victory on Sunday.

Wehrlein progressed from karts to ADAC Formel Masters - a series he won in 2011 - before graduating to Formula 3 in 2012. Second place in the F3 Euroseries championship during his debut season sawy him claim the title of best rookie and he was quickly moved up in to DTM.

Driving for Mercedes-Benz, Wehrlein became the youngest driver in series history last year, and yesterday took his first DTM victory at the Lausitzring as he won from pole. Having also completed F1 simulator duties for Mercedes, Wehrlein drove an F1 car for the first time in a test in Portugal last week and has now been named as the team's official reserve drive to Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.

"I was delighted when I learned that I would be completing a Formula One test for Mercedes AMG Petronas in Portimao," Wehrlein said. "It took me a few laps to get used to the incredible speed, the very hard brakes and the high cornering speeds - it's in another league compared to the DTM. But I adapted quickly and was able to improve in each of my short and long runs.

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"In total, I drove 500 km and didn't want to head back into the pits! The test was simply the greatest experience I have had so far in motorsport. There weren't any nerves, which surprised me - I just felt ready for it. The feedback from the team and from Toto was very encouraging and I think that I did a good job. It certainly helped that I have been working hard in the simulator since February.

"For me, it is a nice recognition of my efforts that I have been nominated as reserve driver for Mercedes AMG Petronas. For me, it's a dream come true to have completed this test and now to take on my new role. All my life, I have worked hard to get the opportunity to drive an F1 car. And it was always my goal to do it with Mercedes-Benz."

Head of Mercedes-Benz motorsport Toto Wolff said Wehrlein had proven himself in every challenge that the team had set him so far.

"We are delighted to officially welcome Pascal to the team after his successful test last week in Portugal," Wolff said. "He has worked hard behind the scenes this year in our simulator, playing a very important role in our pre-race preparations.

"Aside from Nico and Lewis, he is the driver most familiar with all the procedures of our F1 W05 Hybrid and therefore the right choice for the role of reserve driver. He took an important step last week when he drove a Formula One car for the first time - and we were pleased to see him deliver a composed and impressive test, in line with our expectations.

"This was followed by a fantastic win yesterday at the Lausitzring in the DTM, making the most of conditions where pure driving talent was able to shine. Pascal has a bright future ahead of him and we are excited to have him onboard for what will be an intense conclusion to the Formula One season."