Wehrlein heading to Manor

German driver Pascal Wehrlein said Toto Wolff had played a significant role in discussions to have the driver compete at Manor Racing during the 2016 campaign.

During the past week, there has been tremendous speculation about Wehrlein's future in Formula 1 and his latest comments to German publication Auto Bild strongly suggest that the move has now been finalised.

The 21-year-old has been a test driver at Mercedes and Force India during the past year and indications are that he has made a significant impression during that period. There is still nothing forthcoming from Manor Racing itself though.

"The discussions were done by Toto Wolff for me," said Wehrlein this week.

"He helps me a lot, for which I am very, very grateful. A dream has come true. Since I visited my first Grand Prix [as a six-year-old], I wanted to become Formula 1 driver," added a delighted Wehrlein.