Sauber driver Pascal Wehrlein made Mercedes boss Toto Wolff very pleased with his performance in the Bahrain Grand Prix.
It appears that young Pascal Wehrlein’s decision to omit himself from the driver seat until he felt fit enough to race once more was the right call in multiple ways. The young German turned a lot of heads when he sustained neck and back injuries during his stint at the Race of Champions in January.
After it became clear that Wehrlein’s injuries would keep him from participating in Formula One for a longer period of time than expected, the critics began emerging from the woods, eager to flick their opinion of the youth’s “recklessness” and purported “desire to not race’.
Now, those selfsame folks get to watch a rejuvenated Wehrlein tear it up across future races as he sets out to prove that he knows what’s best. Wehrlein had an incredibly solid qualifying round before proceeding to finish in 11th place – a fantastic finish for a team that is lacking performance when compared to the top dogs.
Wehrlein’s successful return has drawn the attention of many – some of who are highly influential figures in the world of Formula One. Mercedes Team Principal Toto Wolff has come out in a statement of praise for the young driver’s performance, saying that he’s happy to see that Wehrlein has “proved the critics wrong”:
“I’m delighted for Pascal and for how he bounced back in Bahrain,” Wolff said. “He’s still not completely pain-free but, considering that fact, he had a brilliant weekend.
He had a great qualifying and a really solid race. It’s just a matter of time until he scores his first points for Sauber. I’m very happy about that.
He’s proven all of the critics wrong.” – Toto Wolff
Pascal is one of the only two Mercedes juniors that are currently out on the track in Formula One, the other being Esteban Ocon. There is a lot of road between the junior driver and his future successes, but if he can maintain his attitude of staying true to himself and refusing to succumb to criticism, he will have a bright future ahead of him.