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Wehrlein not electrified by a move to Formula E

Pascal Wehrlein
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As he contemplates his uncertain future, Sauber's Pascal Wehrlein is discarding a move to the growing Formula E series.

Sauber extended its engine deal with Ferrari last week and the Swiss outfit is likely to become, at least in part, the preferred destination for  the Scuderia's  young talent in search of an F1 apprenticeship.

With Marcus Ericsson remaining close to the team's owners, Mercedes protégé Pascal Wehrlein could find himself as the odd man out at the end of the year, with Sauber team principal Fred Vasseur opening the team's gates to either Antonio Giovinazzi or Charles Leclerc.

"I have scored all five points," the 22-year-old told Bild newspaper, "and in qualifying it is 8:2 for me against Ericsson. What more can I do?"

Reports have suggested Wehrlein could return to DTM, where he won the title in 2015, but Mercedes is pulling out of the German touring car series after 2018.

"I got a message shortly before the announcement as I know some people at HWA," said the German.

"I think it's not a simple situation."

Formula E appears to have much appeal currently, both with drivers and manufacturers, but Wehrlein is far from convinced by a move to the all-electric series. 

"I like noise, performance and fuel. I cannot even imagine racing in Formula E," he said. 

Mercedes Toto Wolff who looks after Wehrlein's interests says it's premature for the German to cast a negative outlook on his future.

"There are many movements on the market," Wolff said.

"In the next two weeks, a few interesting things could happen."

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