Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has said that Pascal Wehrlein will remain part of the Mercedes family after losing a drive in F1 for 2018. The German failed to hold onto a seat at Sauber, as the Swiss team brought in 2017 Formula 2 champion Charles Leclerc.
Sauber also stuck with Marcus Ericsson for a fourth year, whose backers have a large influence on the team. Wehrlein, who joined the Mercedes programme in 2014, will still be a part of the team according to Wolff. While it's believed that Wehrlein will make a return to DTM, Wolff claims Wehrlein is worthy of a drive in F1.
"Pascal definitely deserves a place in Formula 1 and is certainly one of the fastest drivers," Wolff told Autosport. "At the moment it looks a little bit bitter as far as the available [race] driver seats are concerned. But he's definitely going to be on our team. [It is unclear] whether or not he actively participates in a racing series other than Formula 1. He will definitely remain part of our squad."