A brief biography of Sauber driver Pascal Wehrlein, including his career history and Formula One statistics
It's hard to comprehend just how much success Pascal Wehrlein had already achieved in the fiercely competitive world of motorsport by the time he turned 21. Born in Sigmaringen and with dual nationality thanks to his mother hailing from Mauritius, Wehrlein began karting in 2003 at the age of eight, steadily working his way through the ranks in Germany's domestic competitions until he finished in fifth place in the ADAC Kart Masters KF2 category.
The following year saw him switch to open-wheel racing in the ADAC Formula Masters where he claimed a maiden win at the Sachsenring together with a further three podiums on his way to finishing in sixth place in the championship. His second season saw him attain an altogether different level with a total of eight wins among 13 podiums from 24 races, comprehensively earning him the 2011 championship title.
The following year Wehrlein combined full-time racing duties in FIA European Formula 3 Championship and the Formula 3 Euro Series, which saw him finish as runner-up in the drivers championship having claimed one win and six podiums against a field that included future Toro Rosso star Carlos Sainz. Wehrlein also finished in the top five in the 2012 Masters of Formula 3 and Macau Formula Three Grand Prix, all with Mücke Motorsport.
Mücke decided to switch Wehrlein to DTM in 2013, but in a highly competitive field he made little impression in his rookie season and it wasn't until the next season and a switch to the Mercedes-affiliated HWA Team that he claimed his first pole position and win in the series at EuroSpeedway Lausitz in Brandenburg, making him the youngest driver to do so in DTM history. A day later, following a successful test with the team, he was named as reserve driver at the Mercedes Formula One team.
Ocon took two wins and three more wins in 2015, and such as the inconsistency among the other teams taking part it proved more than enough to seal the title ahead of Jamie Green and Mattias Ekström and become the youngest champion in DTM to date. At the same time he was also conducting Formula One tests with both Mercedes and Force India, and at the start of 2016 it was confirmed that he would make his Formula One début with Manor Racing at the Australian Grand Prix. After a string of composed performances that saw him finish his first seven races without retirement, Wehrlein notched up a remarkable feat for the team by finishing in the points with tenth place at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria to confirm that this precocious talent is definitely one to watch in the coming years of Grand Prix racing.