Wehrlein ready for F1 challenge

Pascal Wehrlein has expressed his delight at securing a spot on the 2016 Formula 1 grid with Manor, in what will be his first season in the sport.

Manor on Wednesday confirmed that Wehrlein will occupy one of their two seats, with his team-mate yet to be confirmed.

The 21-year-old, who served as a reserve driver for Mercedes in 2015, became the youngest ever champion in DTM – Germany’s leading touring car series – last year.

“Manor Racing is a great place for me to start my Formula 1 racing career – I’m very pleased to be here,” said Wehrlein after the announcement.

“It’s a small and totally focused team and I soon hope to know everyone. Though it’s my first F1 season my aim is to help [owner] Stephen [Fitzpatrick] and the guys achieve their goals.

“It will be a tough challenge but I think we should be able to challenge for points along the way. It’s going to be good fun.”

The German, who completed seven days of testing last season, four for Mercedes and three for Force India, is the second rookie on the grid, joining Renault’s Jolyon Palmer.

“Pascal is a sharp driver with a very promising future,” said Manor boss Fitzpatrick. “We’ve chosen a driver with the talent and hunger to match our ambitions.”