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Wehrlein Tests for Mahindra

Former Mercedes factory driver Pascal Wehrlein tests for Mahindra in Spain…

Photo: Jakob Ebrey Photography

Pascal Wehrlein is testing for Mahindra Racing at Calafat this week and could be in contention for a race seat with the team.

The former Sauber and Manor Formula 1 driver is at the test which comes out of the Indian team’s allocated 15 days of pre-season running.

Wehrlein had previously been considered for a seat at HWA but he made public a shock switch away from Mercedes last week.

His seven-year spell with the manufacturer came to an end after it was deemed that Mercedes was unable to offer a “competitive drive for next year”, according to motorsport boss Toto Wolff.

He could be considered to share a seat with Felix Rosenqvist who, as e-racing365 revealed on Monday, could campaign a dual season between the ABB FIA Formula E Championship and Verizon IndyCar Series.

Wehrlein confirmed on Friday that he is currently looking at programs as a free agent in 2019.

“My contract with Mercedes expires at the end of the 2018 season and we have jointly decided not to continue further together,” he said on leaving Mercedes last week.

“I am looking for new challenges and opportunities, and am currently talking to other teams about a cockpit for next season.”

Nick Heidfeld, who is running with Wehrlein at Calafat today, is believed to be now undertaking a test and reserve driver role although could still be considered as an option for Mahindra for some races in Season Five.

Sam Smith is e-racing365's Formula E Editor. A 20-year veteran in motorsports media, including press officer roles in both the FIA Sportscar Championship and at Lola Group, Smith is a well-known face in the Formula E paddock, where he served as series editor for Motorsport.com from 2014-17. Contact Sam

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. krisg

    September 18, 2018 at 1:16 pm

    That’s really interesting indeed. Since Mercedes announced that would leave the DTM I thought that Wehrlein could end-up racing for them in FE with both HWA and Mercedes announcing FE works teams. But with his announcement last week that he wouldn’t renew his contract with Mercedes things got a bit blurry. Now I’m surprised to learn that he’s testing for Mahindra. Hope that he gets a seat in the championship.

  2. krisg

    September 19, 2018 at 9:41 am

    BTW Mahindra (The Group) should use the FE 5th season to rename their team to Pininfarina Racing now that they committed to transform the design house *since they bought it) in a fully flagged manufacturer. Pininfarina is a much more appealing name in the automotive world than Mahindra (known in the Western countries only because its tractors).

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