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F1 US GP: Wehrlein confirms Force India talks for F1 2017

Pascal Wehrlein reveals talks have begun over a potential deal with Force India to replace Nico Hulkenberg in 2017.
Pascal Wehrlein has revealed he is in talks to join Force India for the 2017 Formula 1 season following the departure of Nico Hulkenberg.

With Hulkenberg confirming a Renault switch for next season, he leaves behind a competitive vacant seat at Force India alongside Sergio Perez, with Manor Racing driver Wehrlein immediately identified as the favourite to replace him.

Speaking to German media during this weekend's DTM finale at the Hockenheimring, Wehrlein hinted that talks have indeed taken place between his Mercedes managers and Force India.

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“There is a seat left at Force India now so, of course, discussions have taken place, but let's see how it develops," Wehrlein told Motorsport-Magazin. "At the moment I have a contract with Manor this year and I am fully focused on this.”

DTM champion in 2015, the Mercedes protégé has impressed for the minnow Manor team in 2016, securing only its second-ever top ten finish with a run to tenth at the Austrian Grand Prix.

Additionally, it is understood Mercedes may be willing to offer a more favourable engine deal to Force India as a sweetener for taking on the 21 year-old.

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