Mercedes junior driver Pascal Wehrlein will drive for Manor Racing in the 2016 Formula One season.
As a Mercedes driver, 21 year old German Wehrlein has already won the DTM Touring Car Series, as well as testing for both Mercedes and Force India Formula One cars last season.
German, although with Mauritian parentage, Wehrlien is the first driver to be announced at the new Manor Racing team who will be running Mercedes engines this season.
He said in a statement made by the team on Wednesday, “Manor Racing is a great place for me to start my Formula One racing career – I’m very pleased to be here.
“It’s a small and totally focused team and I soon hope to know everyone. Though it’s my first F1 season my aim is to help Stephen and the guys achieve their goals.
“It will be a tough challenge but I think we should be able to challenge for points along the way. It’s going to be good fun. A word for my racing family at Mercedes-Benz, and particularly for Toto, who have guided my career this far and made this opportunity possible.
“Thanks for the incredible support to help me achieve my dream; now it’s down to me to grab the moment and perform on track.”
As a new driver in Formula One, drivers are able to choose their racing number for the rest of their career in the series. Wehrlein has chosen 94, the year in which he was born.
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