Wehrlein: I want to be world champion with Mercedes
Pascal Wehrlein has emerged as a candidate for a seat at Williams thanks to his connections with Mercedes, but admits that another season with Manor would not be a bad alternative as he marks time before, what many expect will be, a move to Mercedes.
When asked about his 2017 plans by Sport Bild, Wehrlein said, “Let’s see what happens. I would like a decision before the end of the season.”
“Of course I want to one day drive for Mercedes and of course I want to be world champion with Mercedes. But I also know that the contracts of Lewis [Hamilton] and Nico [Rosbsrg] expire at the end 2018. There is no plan, except always to deliver impressive performances,” explained Wehrlein.
With Felipe Massa departing F1 at the end of this season, a place is open at Williams. Although Valtteri Bottas has yet to be confirmed by the team, it appears likely he will remain at the Grove based outfit.
Meanwhile a deal is in the pipe-line to run Lance Stroll, who is undergoing an intensive test programme ahead of a final decision to determine if the 17 year old is ready for the move to F1.
Should Stroll be kept back for another year, then Wehrlein is likely to jump the queue as a preferred candidate for the Williams seat.
Of his stint with Manor, Wehrlein said, “In the end two years with Manor would be a good thing. because I have overcome major challenges to help improve the team.”
“If I move to another team, alongside a more experienced teammate, and I can show I am better then this increases my chances of a drive with Mercedes,” added Wehrlein.