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Wolff wanted midfield F1 team for Wehrlein in 2017



Wolff wanted midfield team for Wehrlein in 2017

Wolff wanted midfield team for Wehrlein in 2017

Toto Wolff says it would be better if Pascal Wehrlein got another “year or two” to develop at a midfield team before stepping up at Mercedes.

The German camp is currently weighing up its options in the wake of world champion Nico Rosberg’s shock decision to quit the team and F1.

In a perfect world, a top driver like Fernando Alonso or Sebastian Vettel would get the job as Lewis Hamilton’s new teammate.

On British television, team boss Wolff agreed that Mercedes must consider a driver of Spaniard Alonso’s calibre.

But he also told the German news agency DPA: “We respect the contracts that the drivers have with other teams.

“We would not want our drivers to just jump when the next opportunity comes along. For that situation the contracts are there, and we respect that,” said Wolff.

“We have a pretty good understanding of what the contractual situations are, and we have also talked with many drivers in the past few days to understand their contractual situation if we did not know already,” he added.

However, a more realistic scenario is that Valtteri Bottas – who is managed by Wolff – is bought out of his Williams contract, possibly in exchange for a discounted engine bill for the British team or the loan of a driver like Wehrlein.

Wolff admitted: “Of course it is possible to find an amicable solution with another team and another driver where there is an agreement on both sides.

“I would not rule it out,” he said.

But perhaps even more likely is that Mercedes will simply promote Wehrlein, even though Wolff said it would be a slightly early call for the 2016 Manor rookie.

“If I had my Christmas wish, it would be for a year or two in a midfield team for him,” he said.

“But I have to find a good compromise Christmas list instead, and perhaps, as Nico has taken a courageous decision, we must take a courageous decision as well,” added Wolff.


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