His name has been linked with the F1 Toro Rosso seat, as well as various Formula E drives, however ex-F1 driver and former DTM Champion Pascal Wehrlein was confirmed to be joining the Mahindra Racing line up for season five of Formula E yesterday.
His partnership with Formula E veteran Jérôme D’Ambrosio has impressed many and it’s hoped that the new duo can continue the impressive form the team has managed over the past four seasons with three wins to their name.
However, speaking to katyfairman.com, the Formula E debutant revealed that part of the influence of singing with Mahindra was because he could participate in another motorsport series in addition to his Formula E drive.
“I can not say too much but yes there were some other seats in Formula E,” Wehrlein states when he is asked about other options and opportunities available to him before he signed with Mahindra.
“Possibly there were some seats in-,” he pauses before stating “I can’t say too much, sorry.”
The rumour mill seemed to place Wehrlein with the possible Toro Rosso seat when Red Bull’s Motorsport Boss, Helmut Marko, confirmed his name was linked with the F1 seat. The German racing driver is also understood to have been offered a drive with Mercedes-affiliated HWA but declined it.
“In the end [Mahindra] was a very good option and opportunity for me, which I wanted to take.
“It also allows me to do something else, so I will probably have something else to announce soon, what else I will do next year apart from Formula E, so this together also influenced that decision.
“Not sure yet if it will be a whole series, or a few races but I will be racing something else too.
“Obviously you look at all the opportunities and offers that you have, you know there were some others as well. In the end, I also met Dilbagh Gill [Team Principal] who convinced me and I get on quite well with him so that was really one important factor for me. No, just looking at the future I think that the team is in the place that they want to be.”
Asked how he was finding the switch from DTM to the all-electric Formula E car, Wehrlein explained how it was “different to anything I have ever driven before.”
“Unfortunately we lost the morning,” he stated Tuesday evening after the first day of the test was over. “It was bit of a shame as for me every minute in the car is important but in the afternoon we got some laps and I am getting into it.
“It is very different to everything I have experienced before. You know, set up wise and there is low downforce on the car, the road tyres – it is completely different but it is a nice challenge.”