Wehrlein to Sauber as Bottas firms at Mercedes

Tuesday 3rd January, 2017

4:24am

Author: Speedcafe.com ©

Pascal Wehrlein to join Sauber

Mercedes reserve driver Pascal Wehrlein will switch to the Sauber team this season, paving the way for Valtteri Bottas to fill the void next to Lewis Hamilton.

Confirmation that Wehrlein will join Sauber is a key move as Mercedes plots to accommodate Williams driver Bottas into the seat vacated by 2016 champion Nico Rosberg.

While Bottas is expected to be signed into the champion Mercedes squad, it now leaves the only undecided seats for 2017 at Manor.

The 2017 Formula 1 field so far

Mercedes: Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas (likely)
Red Bull: Daniel Ricciardo, Max Verstappen
Ferrari: Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen
Force India: Sergio Perez, Esteban Ocon
Williams: Felipe Massa, Lance Stroll
McLaren: Fernando Alonso, Stoffel Vandoorne
Toro Rosso: Carlos Sainz Jr, Daniil Kvyat
Haas: Romain Grosjean, Kevin Magnussen
Renault: Nico Hulkenberg, Jolyon Palmer
Sauber: Pascal Wehrlein, Marcus Ericsson
Manor: TBA, TBA