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Barcelona In-Season Test: Wehrlein 'ready' for Mercedes call

Pascal Wehrelin: Yes I would be ready [for Mercedes seat]...
Pascal Wehrlein says he would be ready to race for Mercedes in 2017, should an opening develop.

Wehrlein was drafted in last night to run on the second and final day of the post-Spanish Grand Prix, replacing Esteban Ocon. Mercedes said the decision came about as it had decided to run a new programme and needed a more experience driver, but with rumours this week claiming Nico Rosberg could switch to the Scuderia next year, replacing Kimi Raikkonen, it has added another dimension to the silly season speculation, especially after what happened at the start in Spain, when the two Mercedes drivers clashed.

“Yes I would be ready [if Nico doesn't stay at Mercedes in 2017],” Wehrlein replied.

Asked if he felt like it was a bit of an audition, he added: “You always are, 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."

Meanwhile, Wehrlein confirmed he didn't get the call-up until 8pm last night: “Yeah it was around 8 o'clock, so I had to come back to the race track, do the seat fit and it was quite late yesterday. I think I left the track at 12.”

Pressed on if he knows the reasons for the change, he added: “I don't really know. 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 ended up doing 133 laps in total – the most of anyone runner – and was third quickest.

“It was very, very good day. We did many laps, more than 130 laps, I am really happy with that. We could finish the test program and it was a good time in the car. I really enjoyed it,” continued the Manor racer.

“We tried many things, I think you could see the whole morning we were running with the aero rake on the car, and even in the afternoon we tried a lot. We did some long runs, that's why we did so many laps so I think today was quite important.

“The morning was more aerodynamic that's why we had many measurements on the car in the morning, but then in the afternoon it was also setup work.”

by Rob Wilkins

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Pascal Wehrlein (GER), Manor Racing  18.05.2016.
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May 19, 2016 12:31 PM

richard: siiigh! you dont really keep up to date do you?
Yes Richard,i do keep up to date, but apparently you don't know much about the world of F1.
ok, ok. i have now to accept that you are far more aware of what is happening in f1 than i am? dream on ! you have no idea of my involvement or contacts !
we know that you dont like lewis hamilton and cant spell his name, true we dont know your involvement, but neither do you know about anyone on here.. you seem to try and rubbish every other persons opinion, its getting quite tiresome.....


May 18, 2016 11:15 PM
Last Edited 7 days ago

richard: rosberg will be with merc next year. this has already been confirmed! butto will either be in macca next year or will retire. no way is he good enough to get a top drive in a merc , ferrari or even rbr.
Uttern nonsense richard! First of all, until contracts are signed, nothing is confirmed. Second of all, when are you lot going to get sick of the whole 'Button isn't good enough', 'Button will get smashed' nonsense?? Honestly, how many times do those statements have to blow up in your face till you give it a rest? Hamilton, Perez, Magnussen and Alonso were all going to SMASH Button, but it didn't happen, not even close! So far, Vettel is the only 'Top 3' driver on the grid that Button hasn't beaten in the same car. Not good enough for Mercedes? Do me a favour! And even if that doesn't happen, there are strong links for him to go to Williams next year, and given their current driver line up, it will be a massive improvement for Williams.

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