He had a very busy start to the Barcelona testing last Thursday, finding himself in a Force India in the morning and then hoping into a Mercedes in the afternoon. Pascal Wehrlein, the 20-year-old Mercedes Reserve Driver, is an emerging face in the paddock of F1 – but who exactly is he? In this blog post I will look back at his journey up to now, exploring how he managed to secure such a brilliant role in Mercedes when he was just 19.
Pascal was born in Sigmaringen, a town in southern Germany, and I understand currently resides in Worndorf, Germany. He had his first karting experience aged just eight in 2003.
“Right after the first contact with a kart, I was crazy abut it,” he recalls in an interview from last year. “I drove as much as possible.”
Just a year later in May 2004, Pascal was given his very first kart. With his own personal kart, he stopped racing for fun and began to take the sport more seriously – signing up for the Schwarzwald Cup. The cup consisted of ten indoor races, held on five tracks, every year. On their website, the hosts call the series “the most successful junior indoor karting championship in Southern Germany”. Pascal finished his first professional season in second place, just one point behind that of the winner.
always there”, in addition to the support his older sister has for him in motorsport,
calling her a ‘big fan’ of his.Pascal started training in karting and became close with TR Racing and the Team Principal Rade Trnavac. He raced karts from 2005 until 2009, taking part in the DMV Championships at the beginning of his career in 2005. He would then go on to play his first ‘big races’ in the spring at Bopfingen within the ADAC Kart Cup. 2005 also saw Wehrlein win the title in the South Regional Championship.
Pascal made winning look like a piece of cake, taking the title at the 2006 Bambini A Class National Championships South and North. He was also Federal Champion and runner-up in the East.I mentioned DMV earlier within the many statistics of win after win, but DMV would prove to be a big part of Pascal’s future. The German Motor Sports Association, or Deutsche Motorsport Verband (DMV), is a non-profit organisation that perform national and international motorsport events in Germany. As a charity, the DMV likes to pay close attention to the youth of German Motorsport and can offer training, funding and promotion to the best of their country’s young racers.