Wehrlein set for crunch talks ‘in coming days’

Date published: October 26 2017

Pascal Wehrlein is hoping his Formula 1 future will become clearer after speaking with Mercedes boss Toto Wolff and Sauber team principal Frederic Vasseur "in the coming days".

Wehrlein could be forced to return to DTM next season as Ferrari are looking to bring in Antonio Giovinazzi and F2 champion Charles Leclerc at Sauber after the two teams renewed their partnership once Sauber's Honda deal was cancelled.

“I’m planning to speak to Fred and Toto in the coming days,” Wehrlein told Motorsport.com. “There was no news before the weekend but maybe there is some new information from this weekend, so let’s see."

"I spoke to [Vasseur] in Japan and he said it’s an option for me [to stay at Sauber]. I don’t know how much Ferrari is involved in that. It’s between the Ferrari drivers, Marcus and me."

Wehrlein, 23, has also been linked with a move to Williams, despite title sponsors Martini requiring one driver to be over the age of 25, and the German would jump at the chance to partner Lance Stroll.

“I think Toto is still talking to the team [Williams],” said Wehrlein. “He’s talking to everyone who could be an option, including Williams.

"Williams has a great car at the moment, they are fighting for P5 [in the constructors'] so it would be a big step for me.

“At the moment, I’m at Sauber and I’m thinking about Sauber and what we can do here in the next four races.”