Mercedes' Pascal Wehrlein back in DTM for 2018 after losing F1 seat
Mercedes-backed driver returns to DTM after Sauber axe
By James Galloway
Last Updated: 07/02/18 10:38am
Sauber exile Pascal Wehrlein is returning to the German Touring Car Championship (DTM) for 2018 after losing his F1 seat.
The Mercedes-backed driver will again race for the German manufacturer in what will be their final season in DTM before moving to Formula E.
Wehrlein raced in the category for three years before landing an F1 seat with Manor, becoming the youngest DTM champion in 2015.
With Ferrari increasing their presence at Sauber via Alfa Romeo, Wehrlein has been replaced by Charles Leclerc in the Swiss team's line-up despite the German scoring all five of their points in 2017.
Wehrlein remains on Mercedes' books and Toto Wolff has made clear that the 23-year-old is a driver who still deserves an F1 drive.
"I've got some terrific memories of the DTM, not least because of my title win in 2015, but also because of the strong team spirit and amazing experience I've had with the guys," said Wehrlein.
"A lot has changed in the DTM since my last race in the DTM season finale at Hockenheim back in 2015, but I like a challenge and can hardly wait to try out our new car on track for the first time."
Wehrlein joins a Mercedes roster that again includes Sky F1 pundit Paul di Resta, who himself is a former series champion after winning the title in 2010.
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