Wehrlein: Our target is Sauber


Ahead of the European Grand Prix in Baku, Manor driver Pascal Wehrlein has claimed that they will be targeting Sauber as their main rival once again.

The young Mercedes development driver out-qualified Sauber drivers Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson last Saturday at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

However, during the race, Ericsson managed to finish ahead of Wehrlein, something the German laments while also hoping for an improvement this weekend.

“The great thing about Baku is that it’s new for everyone – all the teams and all the drivers – so it’s a case of mastering the circuit better than your competition,” he said.

“It’s a high-speed circuit so, much like Canada, will be well-suited to our package. There were some positive signs in Montréal but we missed some opportunities there, so I hope we can show more of our improvement here versus Sauber in particular.

“I’m really enjoying my first season and the races are just flying by now.

“It’s had its ups and downs but I’ve learned a lot about how to handle that. Plus, we’re learning together as a team. Generally, I’m pretty happy with my performances so far, but with every circuit being new for me, I’ll be learning all the way through the season.”