Pascal Wehrlein makes his Formula E debut this weekend after failing to secure a Formula One drive for 2019 but will now fill a position at Ferrari as a development driver.
This follows after Daniil Kvyat and Antonio Giovinazzi vacated the role for drives with Toro Rosso and Sauber respectively for the 2019 season.
Wehrlein whose contract with Mercedes expired at the end of 2018 after the German outfit was unable to find him a seat in Formula One and after pulling out of DTM.
Mercedes had offered a drive with HWA in Formula E but Wehrlein opted to drive for Mahindra instead preferring a 1 year deal.
It is unknown to what capacity Wehrlein will test with Ferrari but it is understood that they are looking for a second development driver although Wehrlein hasn’t yet been officially confirmed.
It is clear that Wehrlein still has his eye on a Formula One return and a development role has proven dividends for Kvyat and Giovinazzi. Both drivers played a key role in some of Ferrari’s upturn in performance over a weekend something they will expect the experienced Wehrlein to be able to continue.
With potential structural changes afoot at Ferrari thanks to a change of Team Principal we may see the role of development driver evolve to as we await official confirmation.
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