Sauber’s Pascal Wehrlein has said it will take him ‘a few races’ to be back at maximum level following his missing the first week of testing.
Speaking after his first day behind the wheel of Sauber’s new C36, Wehrlein says he will not be able to drive to maximum potential in the early part of the season.
“I don’t think so,” says Wehrlein “In terms of my own level, I will be back soon. So for sure, the first race will be quite tough. Also the second race. Because everything will be new – new team, new engine, new tyres, new regulations.”
The second year driver was unable to participate in the first week of testing time after being sidelined following injury concerns around his Race of Champions crash.
“I lost two days of testing, explains Wehrlein. “So of course, in the beginning, I will lack something. But for sure I will catch up quite quickly and after a few races, I’ll be back where I should be.”
Despite keeping his strong ties to Mercedes and Valtteri Bottas having only been signed on a one year contract, Wehrlein says he is not thinking about any potential Mercedes move in 2018.
“I am focusing on this year,” he said. “I am a Sauber driver and I want to do the maximum I can do for this team this year and then let’s see what happens next year. Could be anything.”
2017 F1 season
- Stripping Verstappen of 2017 US podium was “one of the toughest decisions” – steward
- Sepang pays Haas compensation for Grosjean’s 2017 crash
- Williams revenues rose in 2017 after Bottas deal with Mercedes
- New kerbs at COTA in response to Verstappen’s corner-cutting
- Australian Grand Prix cost government £56 million last year