Persuade Sauber to retain Pascal Wehrlein
When newly appointed team principal Mr. Fredric Vasseur announced that Sauber would forge an even closer tie with Ferrari, the writing became apparent on the wall for Pascal Wehrlein. The guy in the other car i.e Ericsson effectively owns the team and hence in any scenario it was always Pascal who was going to get the boot. But things changed when Mr. Marchione expressed his desire to turn Sauber into effectively a Ferrari B-Team. He has been pushing for both Charles Leclerc and Antonio Giovinazzi to be placed into the car for next year.
But then Mr. Vasseur offered a ray of hope for Wehrlein stating that his priority is having drivers who can score points and that Pascal because of his points scoring runs this year definitely has a chance. Leclerc’s arrival in Sauber next year is all but certain. The shootout is between Antonio Giovinazzi, Pascal Wehrlein and Marcus Ericsson. While Giovinazzi has Ferrari’s backing and a good Australia result to show for, his crash friendly track record in various FP1 outings speaks against him. Ericsson has linkages with Longbow Finance but his career so far has nothing to show for.
So it’s Mercedes task now to convince Sauber to race their protege next year too. An injection of some cash to sweeten the deal may just do it.