Ex-Mercedes driver now helps Vettel at Ferrari

“It is an honour for me to be able to work for Ferrari,” says former Mercedes driver Pascal Wehrlein – and hopes to follow in the footsteps of Daniil Kyvat and Antonio Giovinazzi.

The young German, who just finished last week in his first Formula E race in Chile with Mahindra with a second place, has made an important step towards returning to Formula 1.

Pascal Werhlein in Mercedes race suit

Ferrari confirmed four simulator drivers for the 2019 Formula 1 programme on Monday: Antonio Fuoco, Brendon Hartley, Davide Rigon and Pascal Wehrlein.

Wehrlein actually had to deny his worst kept secret during an interview with Formula 1 podcast ‘Starting Grid’ as he wasn’t officially announced with the Scuderia. One of the sports little idioms when information is leaked but yet contracts still need to run their course.

Now he can finally talk openly about his new employer and was quoted yesterday in Germany’s Autobild as saying “Ferrari is simply something very special” rather unsurprisingly.

Wehrlein perhaps had an unfair reputation during his career in F1 as being difficult to work with, and arrogance being his dominant trait. Officially this wasn’t the reason he no longer races in F1, but it probably didn’t help when Mercedes failed to manage their affiliated drivers keep their seats. Estiban Ocon being the most recent example of Mercedes mismanagement.

Now we have a more humble driver, at least in this interview, looking to put one over his previous employers who had to ‘let him go’. Now the ex-Mercedes man has a chance to assist their arch rivals Ferrari win.

The humble collusion extends even to Wehrlein recently revealing that he now always chooses the Vettel Ferrari when he plays the latest Formula 1 game on PlayStation. And it is even rumoured that Vettel is said to have put in a good word for his German compatriot with the Ferrari bosses.

“It makes me extremely proud and is an honour for me to be able to work for Ferrari,” he says to ‘Auto Bild motorsport’

“I will do everything I can to help Sebastian Vettel and the entire Ferrari team win the Championship. They more than deserved it,” emphasises Wehrlein – and is not entirely altruistic.

He knows that his chances of a Formula 1 comeback will increase if he does a good job in the simulator at Maranello. Daniil Kvyat and Antonio Giovinazzi recently demonstrated how this can work.

Perhaps the surly German has finally learned the game?

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