Pascal Wehrlein

Born:
18th October 1994 (Age 25)
Worndorf, Baden-Wurttemberg
Nationality:
German
Most recent race (in database):
Biography

The son of a German father and Mauritian mother, Pascal Wehrlein is the youngest DTM champion to date who also enjoyed a successful Formula 1 graduation with Manor. Mentioned as a possible replacement for Nico Rosberg after the new champion suddenly retired at the end of 2016, Wehrlein instead spent 2017 at the back of the field with Sauber.

Single-seater success in Formel Masters and F3

Having raced karts in his native Germany since 2003, the 15-year-old Wehrlein made his car racing debut in the 2010 ADAC Formel Masters Championship when driving for Mücke Motorsport – the team he would drive for during much of his formative years. He was third in race one of the Oschersleben and Sachsenring weekends at the start of the season, and completed that second round by scoring his first victory. On pole position when the series visited Assen, Wehrlein finished sixth in the final standings.

Wehrlein remained with the team for 2011 and battled Englishman Emil Bernstorff for the title. He won eight times (including five mid-season races in a row) and clinched the title during the Hockenheim finale.

GP3 tests for Mücke followed with the team but it was in European Formula 3 that Wehrlein raced in 2012. Driving a Mücke Dallara F312-Mercedes-Benz in that year’s sparse field, he lost a breakthrough victory at the Norisring when punted into the air by title rival Daniel Juncadella. Wehrlein scored consistently thereafter, including winning race two at the Nürburgring to challenge the Spaniard throughout the F3 EuroSeries. Runner-up in those standings, he was fourth in both the newly reintroduced FIA European F3 Championship and end-of-season Macau Grand Prix.

DTM Champion for Mercedes-Benz

The teenager replaced the retiring Ralf Schumacher in the Mercedes-Benz line-up for the 2013 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters. The youngest driver to start a DTM race to that date, his RSC Mücke lined-up fifth on the grid at the Norisring, and Wehrlein scored three tenth place finishes as he completed a low-key rookie season in 22nd overall.

He was promoted to the senior HWA squad for his second DTM season but 2014 was marred by an incident during a promotional event in Italy. Wehrlein and Nico Rosberg were giving passenger rides to the German football squad ahead of that year’s World Cup when his car hit two people who had strayed onto the circuit. That said, he made great strikes on the track – converting pole position at the Lausitzring to become the youngest DTM race winner so far and he improved to eighth in the championship. He completed the year by making his F1 debut in the Abu Dhabi rookie test session – his Mercedes-Benz W05 quickest of all on November 26.

His development continued in 2015 with Wehrlein named as reserve driver for the dominant F1 team in addition to completing a successful third season in the DTM. He scored points in 15 of the 18 championship rounds and that consistency, allied to victories at the Norisring and Moscow Raceway, eventually delivered the title. One points finish that was lost came in the wet second race in Austria when Mercedes drivers Wehrlein and Robert Wickens spun on the final lap after contact with Audi’s Timo Scheider, moments after the latter was told (in German) over the radio to “push him out”.

Formula 1 with Manor and Sauber

The youngest DTM champion in history, Wehrlein was rewarded by an F1 drive with the now Mercedes-powered Manor Racing Team. He finished 10th in Austria to deliver the team’s second points finish so far and made it through Q1 on five occasions.

Nico Rosberg’s shock retirement briefly led to rumours of promotion to the prize Mercedes-Benz drive but Wehrlein joined Sauber in mid-January 2017. Considered too inexperienced to step up to the works team, Wehrlein injured his back in the Race of Champions and consequently missed the opening two GPs of the 2017 F1 season. The package of the Sauber C36 and year-old Ferrari engine was the slowest in the 2017 field but Wehrlein out-qualified team-mate Marcus Ericsson 11-7 and one-stopped to an eighth-place finish in Spain. That could have been better for he received a five second penalty for a pit violation that handed seventh to Carlos Sainz. Wehrlein then rolled out of the Monaco GP at Le Portier after being hit by Jenson Button’s McLaren-Honda and survived the mayhem in Azerbaijan to finish 10th.

However, Alfa Romeo’s 2018 partnership with Sauber ended the Mercedes-backed Wehrlein’s association with the team and has placed his immediate F1 future in doubt.

Championship seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points
2018/2019 ABB FIA Formula E Championship
Mahindra Racing
12 1 1 0
0% win rate
12th 58
2018 Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft
AMG Mercedes
20 0 1 0
0% win rate
8th 108
2017 F1 World Championship
Sauber F1 Team
18 (1) 0 0 0
0% win rate
18th 5
2016 F1 World Championship
Manor Racing Team
21 0 0 0
0% win rate
19th 1
2015 Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft
AMG Mercedes
18 0 5 2
12% win rate
1st 169
2015 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters 1st -
2014 Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft
AMG Mercedes
10 1 1 1
10% win rate
8th 46
2013 European F3 Championship
Mucke Motorsport
3 2 3 1
34% win rate
14th 49
2013 Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft
AMG Mercedes
10 0 0 0
0% win rate
22nd 3
2012 European F3 Championship
Mucke Motorsport
20 1 6 1
5% win rate
4th 181
2012 F3 Euroseries
Mucke Motorsport
24 1 10 1
5% win rate
2nd 229