2017 F1

Rosberg Backing Wehrlein For 2017 Mercedes Race Seat

2016 F1 Champ Nico Rosberg and Pascal Wehrlein

2016 F1 Champ Nico Rosberg and Pascal Wehrlein

2016 Formula One world champion Nico Rosberg has backed compatriot Pascal Wehrlein’s suitability to replace him at Mercedes.

Top champions including Fernando Alonso are also on the team’s 2017 short-list, but bookmakers say Mercedes’ most experienced junior, 2016 Manor driver Wehrlein, is the preferred.

“Pascal is a huge hope for Germany for the future,” Rosberg said. “Of course he has to be on the shortlist.”

But the 31-year-old said he does not want to actively make recommendations to Mercedes about who should be named to succeed him.

“I am not best able to judge this,” Rosberg said.

And when pressed by Italy’s Autosprint to say who should get the best seat on the grid next year, Rosberg simply said: “I hope a good driver who makes a good fight with (Lewis) Hamilton.”

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