The boss of the team Mercedes Toto Wolff in an interview with Speedweek admitted that the team did not hire a Pascal Wehrlein after the departure of Nico Rosberg, because he feared the tense atmosphere between the riders.
“Pascal and Lewis [Hamilton] – it would be an explosive mix, said Toto. I tried by all means to avoid a repeat of the Hamilton-Alonso in 2007”.
However, Wehrlein is still “under the wing” of Mercedes.
Pascal assured journalists that he did not think about the lost opportunity to advocate for Mercedes: “I have long forgot about it! Once it became clear that I would go for Sauber, I switched over to a new challenge”.
After the injury, during the January Race of Champions the doctors forbade the Germans to participate in the first pre-season tests in Barcelona, but it is still present with the team at the Catalan track and watched as the work I replaced him with Antonio Giovinazzi.
Before the second tests, which will be held next week, Wehrlein will be another health check. The driver himself admitted that he did not bother: “I have long ceased to feel pain, but the doctors need to make sure that I got well.”
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