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Toto Wolff: 'Pascal Wehrlein could return to Formula 1 in 2019'

Toto Wolff confirms that Pascal Wehrlein will be a Mercedes "test driver" in 2018.

Toto Wolff has confirmed that Pascal Wehrlein will be a Mercedes "test driver" in 2018.

Having debuted at Manor, the young German has now lost his race seat after his second season in Formula 1 with Sauber.

Yet Wolff said recently that Wehrlein, 23, will continue to enjoy the backing of the Mercedes driver programme.

The Mercedes chief has now told Sport Bild: "We have supported Pascal since 2013 and he earned his chance in Formula 1 after his DTM victory in 2015.

"After that, he experienced two not so easy years in Formula 1 with Manor and Sauber.

"But we will keep him in our racing family in 2018 and also offer him a role as F1 test driver at Mercedes, to keep his door open to Formula 1 for 2019."

The best finish of Wehrlein's career so far was eighth in last year's Spanish Grand Prix.

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