Wehrlein in no doubt he is ready for Mercedes F1 drive

Pascal Wehrlein has no doubts he would be ready to step up to a race seat with Mercedes in Formula 1 if a vacancy opens up, after his latest test for the team.

Wehrlein in no doubt he is ready for Mercedes F1 drive
Pascal Wehrlein, Mercedes AMG F1 Team W07
Pascal Wehrlein, Mercedes AMG F1 Team W07
Pascal Wehrlein, Mercedes AMG F1 Team W07
Pascal Wehrlein, Mercedes AMG F1 Team W07
Pascal Wehrlein, Mercedes AMG F1 Team W07
Pascal Wehrlein, Mercedes AMG F1 Team W07

The young German was given a surprise call-up by the German car manufacturer to run on the second day of the Barcelona test, replacing Esteban Ocon, who had originally been set to test.

Although Mercedes said the decision was taken because it wanted an experienced driver to test new parts, it comes against the backdrop of speculation surrounding Nico Rosberg's future with the team.

Wehrlein is well aware that there is an outside chance of a seat being available at Mercedes in 2017, and has no doubts that, after a day's running for the team, he was as prepared as he would need to be to deliver for the team.

"Yes I would be ready," he said.

When asked if he felt that his test was like being in an audition, he said: "You always are, you cannot relax, step back, hope or be sure of what happens next year or the next years, so you always need to push.

"You always need to push yourself and make the best out of it."

Late call-up

Wehrlein said the decision to test for Mercedes was made late on Tuesday evening, and meant he had to return to the circuit for a seat fitting.

Asked if he was told the reasons, he said: "I don't really know. I think yesterday they couldn't finish the test program and they wanted an experienced driver, so yesterday evening I got the call and went back to the race track, did the seat fit and was driving today.

"It was a very, very good day. We did many laps, more than 130 laps, I am really happy with that. We could finish the test program and it was a good time in the car. I really enjoyed it."

Wehrlein also confirmed that the W07 was step forward over last year's car that he had previously tested.

"Yes I think it has been half a year since I have been in this car," he said. "It just feels great to be back and it really feels different, so I had to get the feeling back because this year I wasn't in the simulator a lot.

"So I needed to change the steering wheel, all the buttons were in different positions. I enjoyed the day in the car and got used to it and it was a great day."

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