Mercedes have announced Pascal Wehrlein will be leaving the Mercedes programme at the end of the 2018 season.
Wehrlein has long been associated with the Silver Arrows, becoming the youngest race starter in DTM history back in 2013 before becoming the youngest DTM race winner in 2014 and the youngest DTM champion 12 months later.
Those achievements helped him reach the pinnacle of Formula 1 with the now defunct Manor Racing in 2016 before moving to Sauber for the 2017 campaign.
Wehrlein is currently back in DTM where he is currently P8 in the World Championship standings.
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said: “In his best interests, we have therefore decided together with Pascal not to extend our agreement and to give him the best chance of securing an opportunity elsewhere that his talent merits.”
Earlier this season, he had been one of the many drivers linked with Toro Rosso, something that may be slightly more realistic now that he will be severing all ties with the Mercedes set-up.
Wehrlein is a highly talented driver and to see him without a drive in F1 would be criminal. He would have the option of staying with DTM or explore other avenues of racing. There were rumours of him being considered for a Formula E drive with Mercedes associate, HWA. However he has firmly stated that he is not interested.
But, with time running out for him, will we see Pascal Wehrlein in Formula One again? Mercedes are currently preparing for this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix with their drivers, Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas. Now that Wehrlein has left the German marquee, he is a free agent and many avenues in F1 could open for him.