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Published: 12:03 | 10/2/16

Wehrlein signs for Manor

Manor Racing have signed Pascal Wehrlein for the 2016 Formula 1 season.

The former Mercedes reserve driver, who is the reigning DTM champion, will make his full Grand Prix debut in Australia next month after he was confirmed by Manor.

He will be behind the wheel of the Mercedes-powered MRT05 challenger at the pre-season tests, which get underway in Barcelona on February 22, and is he relishing the opportunity to drive in Formula 1.

“Manor Racing is a great place for me to start my Formula One racing career - I’m very pleased to be here,” said Wehrlein.

"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 Stephen [Fitzpatrick, Manor Racing’s owner] 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.

"A word for my racing family at Mercedes-Benz, and particularly for Toto [Wolff], who have guided my career this far and made this opportunity possible. Thanks for the incredible support to help me achieve my dream; now it’s down to me to grab the moment and perform on track."

Stephen Fitzpatrick, Manor Racing’s owner, added: “Pascal is a sharp driver with a very promising future; Manor Racing is excited to have him aboard. We’re a small team up for a big challenge this season, so we’ve chosen a driver with the talent and hunger to match our own on-track ambitions.

"Pascal has impressed in testing for Mercedes and Force India, together with commanding performances in DTM, culminating in the championship win last year. Manor Racing is perfectly placed to help Pascal make a big impact in his first season. We’re looking forward to it!"

Wehrlein's appointment leaves Englishman Will Stevens facing an uncertain future with Alexander Rossi linked with the second seat.

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