Mercedes reserve makes Force India debut in the morning, before switching to his 'day job' in afternoon.
Twenty-year-old DTM racer Pascal Wehrlein admitted his surprise when he was pulled out of his Formula One test for Force India at Barcelona to drive the works Mercedes on the opening day on Thursday.
The German completed 80 laps in total in the two cars, 32 in the Force India and 48 in the Mercedes, after Lewis only managed 10 due to a ’flu-like fever.
“Today was a really good day in my career,” said Wehrlein, who ended the day eighth (in the Force India) and ninth (in the Mercedes) in the timesheets.
“I was quite surprised in the morning when I got the information that I would be driving the Mercedes in the afternoon. But I am here and I want to drive, so I am ready for any opportunity.
“To drive two Formula One cars in one day was amazing, so I'm very happy. We lost a bit of time in the [Mercedes] garage, which was a shame as I would have liked to do some more laps. But the time I had I really enjoyed.
Looking forward to more with Force India
"Spending the morning with Force India, also, was a great experience. It's a good team, everyone was really welcoming and after a few laps I felt very confident in the car.
“I will have another day with them this week so I am really looking forward to getting back out there again.”