Former DTM champion and Mercedes junior driver Pascal Wehrlein could be set to join Scuderia Ferrari as the team’s Development role for next year.
The German-Mauritian born driver was part of Mercedes’ programme since 2012, before parting ways with them at the Singapore Grand Prix. Wehrlein raced in Formula 1 between 2016 and 2017 with Manor Racing and Sauber F1 Team, before he failed to secure a seat in 2018.
Wehrlein won’t be competing in F1 next year, despite having been linked to race with Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda for most of the season. Instead, he will join Mahindra Racing for the fifth season of the FIA Formula E series. But latest speculation reported by Motorsport Italia suggested that Wehrlein could be linked with an F1 team for 2019.
Daniil Kvyat, Ferrari’s current development and simulator driver, will leave the Italian team to re-join his former Toro Rosso team as he has been granted a second chance of an F1 career with Red Bull.
The second seat remains undecided between Brendon Hartley or Alexander Albon, who initially signed a deal to race with e.Dams Nissan in Formula E next year against Wehrlein.
A report from Motorsport suggested that Robert Kubica from Williams Martini Racing could be signed on as Kvyat’s replacement as a simulator driver. However, a latest report also suggested Wehrlein could be in for the running and that both drivers will be offered the same role.
According to the report, Ferrari are interested in Wehrlein’s knowledge of the Mercedes W09 and hopes that hiring him will give them the edge to the Silver Arrows for 2019 having lost to them in the race for the drivers’ championship.
The Italian team are still in the race for the constructors’ championship with two races ago, but with Ferrari behind by 55 points to Mercedes going into this weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix.