Manor driver Pascal Wehrlein was ecstatic when he received the call up from parent team Mercedes to finish their programme on the final in-season testing day in Barcelona.
Wehrlein got the nod instead of Renault reserve driver Esteban Ocon, who is also on the Mercedes driver development programme.
Chatting with reporters at the end of testing, the German youngster explained that although the request was late, he couldn’t miss the opportunity to be put in a Championship winning car and added that the team benefited from yesterday as they retrieved valuable data about their upgrades.
“That was a good day. A bit unexpected,” revealed Wehrlein.
“The team called me yesterday evening as they couldn’t finish their test programme and needed an experienced driver to finish it off, so I came back to the track to do a seat fitting that night!
“We did 133 laps today – two race distances – and finished the test programme, which was important for the team. We tried a few different set-ups during the morning – mainly looking at aerodynamic with the aero rig.
“Then we did some long runs in the afternoon, so a good programme. I must say I really enjoyed the car – it felt amazing!”