Pascal Wehrlein says that the level of competition throughout the ABB FIA Formula E Championship matches any other current motorsport grid.
The former Sauber and Manor Formula 1 driver has been impressed with the level of competition in the championship which includes several drivers he has competed with in F1 and junior formulae over recent years.
“I think the average level of the drivers here is obviously really high,” he told e-racing365.
“If you see the entry list now in FE it is amazing, there are so many good drivers and that is good, you want to compete against the best drivers. I think it is maybe the strongest field in racing.”
The new Mahindra Racing signing believes that there is a greater opportunity for a difference in competitiveness to be made by individual drivers in Formula E than in F1.
“I think first to hopefully be competitive and then to race against very good drivers,” he said.
“As a driver you can still make a big difference and you can also guide a team in a direction with set-up and the tools we have available here, which is good, so I like that challenge.
“It is different than F1 like this.”
He completed two days in Valencia this week in addition to the private pre-season testing carried out by Mahindra, but says he still has a lot to learn, speaking after the first day of running at Valencia on Tuesday.
“We had some issues this morning which is a bit unfortunate as we missed half a day’s track time,” he explained.
“But now, this afternoon, we got some good running and I will catch up a bit and try some set up stuff.
“I am still learning a lot and understand about the technical and sporting things here too.”
Wehrlein “Quite Sure” of Second Program
Wehrlein is set to dovetail his Formula E role at Mahindra with a secondary program in 2019.
E-racing365 understands that the 24 year-old still remains under contract to Mercedes until the end of the year but will then be free to add to his 2019 schedule.
“At the moment I am quite sure that I will also do something else,” he told e-racing365.
“I mean the season is done in July, I think the beginning of July, so then there is still a lot of time left in the year to look at other things.”
Wehrlein indicated that the deal would “not be in endurance racing” next year.
It is understood that Wehrlein could extend his participation in the DTM series with possibilities existing with several possible new teams in the series for 2019.