From 19th February, DTM ace Pascal Wehrlein will be involved in the Formula 1 tests at Barcelona, Spain. The Mercedes-Benz works driver (DTM) and reserve driver for Team Mercedes AMG Petronas is going to test the VJM07, Team Sahara Force India’s 2014 GP racer, for two days.
The test offers Pascal the opportunity to add to his Formula 1 experience. At the end of the 2014 season, in Abu Dhabi, he made an impressive F1-test debut at the wheel of a Mercedes AMG Petronas single-seater. For Pascal and Sahara Force India, the tests at Barcelona represent the beginning of a longer cooperation as the German also will be involved in the two tests held during the season, for the squad.
“It goes without saying that I’m truly delighted with Sahara Force India offering me the opportunity to test their car for two days at Barcelona,” says Wehrlein. “For a young driver as me, every minute I’m spending in the cockpit of a car is extremely important and offers me the chance of learning a lot. I’ve learned driving a Formula 1 car in the simulator but my on-track experience still is limited. Together with the team I want to do a great job in Spain, absorb as much as possible and provide the engineers with good feedback. I already drove the Mercedes AMG Petronas World Championship winner and so, having the possibility to compare it with the Sahara Force India car is really exciting, for me. To witness how the team works, how they improve the car and how they approach problems will help me gathering new experiences and developing as a driver. Everybody knows that the lap times are of minor importance during tests but nonetheless, I want o achieve the best possible result with Sahara Force India, in Spain. The team did really well, last year, and I hope that I will be able to help the team on the way to making another step forward and preparing for the season opener in Melbourne.”
Toto Wolff, Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport, adds: “For Pascal, this test represents a great opportunity to increase his F1 know-how with our friends at Force India. At the same time, it’s a testament to the great working relationship within the Mercedes-Benz family. Pascal truly impressed us with his approach in last year’s tests in Abu Dhabi and I’m convinced that Force India also will be able to benefit from his feedback. In addition, it’s a valuable opportunity for him to work with another team and gather additional experience. For Pascal, the coming season with DTM as main program and the tests for extending his F1 experience will be of major importance. We will follow the progress he will be making in both areas with a lot of interest