Wehrlein welcoming Mercedes rumours

Date published: May 25 2016

Manor driver Pascsal Wehrlein has welcomed rumours linking him with a drive at Mercedes, calling it a good thing.

Wehrlein, who is already a development driver for Mercedes, said that him being linked with a seat at his parent team means that he is doing a good job at Manor.

The rumours began circulating once the young German replaced World Champion Lewis Hamilton during in-season testing in Barcelona last week.

When quizzed by Motorsport.com however, the teenager denied that he set for a move to the Silver Arrows but refused to rule out a move later in his career.

"I heard about it, and some people asked me a few times," he said. "There was never a discussion.

"Of course after the last race there were some rumours, and then afterwards I did the test, so maybe that's why people talked about it.

"But at the moment [Lewis and Nico] are the best drivers, they are winning championships, so why should they replace them?

"I don't think I'm seen as a new Lewis – maybe as a future Mercedes driver, but not as a new Lewis Hamilton.

"I won the DTM championship last year as a Mercedes junior and a reserve driver for Mercedes, so it's not too far away that if I do a good job on track I could drive for Mercedes."