Manor Formula One (F1) driver Pascal Wehrlein is reportedly high on Sauber F1’s wishlist for the second driver’s seat in 2017. The team based in Switzerland has already confirmed that Marcus Ericsson will continue for the third season with them.
Sauber’s second driver Felipe Nasr was expected to remain as the second driver in 2017 as well. However, Branco do Brasil, Nasr’s sponsor is yet to confirm their approval of continuing with the Brazilian, according to Autosport.
Nasr’s talks with Sauber have broken down as of this moment. This has forced the 24-year-old down the bottom of the team’s wishlist for the 2017 season.
Meanwhile, Manor’s Wehrlein is among the favorites to be considered for Sauber’s second 2017 seat. The German driver will be perfect for the seat and will be able to bring in the required funding through his sponsors.
Toto Wolff, Mercedes chief and Monisha Kaltenborn, Sauber team principal reportedly met during the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos. Both discussed on the topic of drivers for the next season.
Manor however wants to keep hold of Wehrlein for another season. But, Sauber will be a more stronger and more stable opportunity for the driver from Sigmaringen, Germany.
Presently, the 22-year-old has only three options to consider for 2017. Sauber’s second seat as Ericsson’s team-mate and both the Manor drives remain for Wehrlein on the grid for next season.
Although Kaltenborn expressed her desire to finalize the driver lineup by the end of this season. It is believed that Sauber are in no particular rush to jump in on a name. There are many good options available on the table and the team wants to analyze more.
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Mercedes reluctant to commit to Manor as their B team
Manor has been touted as the potential Mercedes B team within the F1 circles. However the manufacturer is reluctant to make any commitment as Red Bull does with Toro Rosso, according to crash.net.
The team is yet to show potential of improvement in the future seasons. Sauber, on the other hand has displayed it’s potential to produce competitive cars on a smaller budget.
For Wehrlein, this will be an important factor to consider. Since the Force India snub, Sauber would provide an opportunity of progress to the German in comparison to Manor.
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