More McLaren Woes While Wehrlein Impresses
A name which many F1 fans were unfamiliar with prior to his appearance in Singapore as the newly appointed reserve driver at the Brackley based outfit. 20-year-old Wehrlein would most certainly be known by fans of DTM, as he made headlines and broke records by becoming the youngest ever race winner, earlier in the campaign. Clearly, he has future superstar potential and Mercedes have recognised this. His first chance in a public F1 test came today and while testing timesheets are famously unrepresentative, Wehrlein placed his name on top of the pile, which rightly or wrongly, attracts attention.
What a fitting way for the W05 to return to the garage for the final time of its working life. It has been a car which has rewritten many parts of the record books – most wins in a season is one of the most notable achievements, as its 16 triumphs overhauled the mighty McLaren-Honda MP4/4, a car driven by Prost and Senna no less. Mercedes’ dominance has been spellbinding this season and as the W05 heads into retirement, I am sure that it will be pounding around a track for old-times-sake again soon and for many years to come.
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Sauber’s new recruit completed his second day behind the wheel of his new office and certainly had plenty of time to become accustomed to the stationary, clocking 112 laps – not quite eclipsing Rosberg’s 114 lap benchmark set yesterday, but certainly a promising total for a Sauber team looking to recover from their worst season EVER.
1 Pascal Wehrlein Mercedes 96 laps.
2 Raffaele Marciello Ferrari 91 laps.
3 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso 78 laps.
4 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 112 laps.
5 Will Stevens Caterham 76 laps.
6 Spike Goddard Force India 89 laps.
7 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 88 laps.
8 Felipe Nasr Williams 83 laps.
9 Alex Lynn Lotus 52 laps.
10 Esteban Ocon Lotus 34 laps.
11 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 2 laps.