Force India confirms Wehrlein for Barcelona

The Force India Formula One team has confirmed Mercedes reserve Pascal Wehrlein will join the team for the upcoming Barcelona test.

The 20-year-old German, a DTM race winner with Mercedes last year, will drive Force India's 2014 car, the VJM07, on Thursday and Saturday.

Race drivers Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg will drive on Friday and Sunday respectively.

Wehrlein, who will also drive for Force India twice during in-season testing, will focus primarily on evaluation of the 2015 Pirelli tyres.

"As a young driver, any time you can spend in the car is extremely important and you can learn a lot," he said. "I know the simulator already, but I don't have much experience on the track.

"My first goal in Spain will be to do a great job together with the team, to learn as much as possible and to give good feedback to the engineers.

"Everybody knows that lap times only play a secondary role when you're testing. But of course I want to be as competitive as possible."

Force India boss Vijay Mallya added: "I'm pleased to give Pascal a chance to work with us in Barcelona. He's an exciting young talent who has already proved he has what it takes to be successful at the highest level in motorsport.

"As a reserve driver for Mercedes-Benz, he's clearly destined for a career in Formula One and I'm sure the test will be a positive experience on both sides."

Barcelona test line-up

Team Thursday Feb 19 Friday Feb 20 Saturday Feb 21 Sunday Feb 22
Mercedes Hamilton Rosberg Hamilton Rosberg
Red Bull Ricciardo Ricciardo Kvyat Kvyat
Williams Wolff Massa Bottas Bottas/Massa
Ferrari Raikkonen Raikkonen Vettel Vettel
McLaren Button Alonso Button Alonso
Force India Wehrlein Perez Wehrlein Hulkenberg
Toro Rosso Verstappen Sainz Verstappen Sainz
Lotus Maldonado Palmer Maldonado Grosjean
Sauber Nasr Ericsson Nasr Ericsson
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Series Formula 1
Drivers Nico Hulkenberg , Sergio Perez , Pascal Wehrlein
Article type Breaking news
Tags force india