dtm driver pascal wehrlein set to part ways with mercedes benz

16:00    16 Sep 2018

Pascal Wehrlein
German-Mauritian driver Pascal Wehrlein is set to leave Mercedes-Benz team at the end of the 2018 season.

After six seasons together, including conquering the 2015 (Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters) DTM title and two seasons in Formula One, Wehrlein will part ways with Mercedes Benz.

Pascal became the youngest starter in DTM history in 2013, the series’ youngest race winner in 2014 and then youngest champion in 2015 as a Mercedes-Benz driver.

With Mercedes Benz unable to secure him a Formula One drive for 2018, Pascal returned to the DTM for this season and is currently P8 in the drivers’ standings.

“My contract with Mercedes expires at the end of the 2018 season and we have jointly decided not to continue further together”, says Wehrlein.

“I am looking for new challenges and opportunities, and am currently talking to other teams about a cockpit for next season.”

Toto Wolff comments: “Our junior programme has always been about supporting young talent and finding opportunities that are in the best interests of the drivers’ careers.

"It is not always a straight path to the top – and sometimes we have to recognise that it is the right time to end a relationship, too.”

The 2018 DTM Round 9 qualifying 1 will be beamed live on Fox Sports 2 at 12h15 CAT on Saturday, September 22.

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