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Pascal Wehrlein’s Manor Move Shows Mercedes Have Best Young Driver Program in F1

By Christmas Eve, Pascal Wehrlein was not expecting any extra-special gifts to come his way. The momentum that surrounded the 21-year-old following his victory in the DTM (German touring car) series, a championship he claimed with near-perfect timing following the Manor Formula One team's confirmed switch to Mercedes engines last October, was fading rapidly. At a time Will Stevens told's Pablo Elizalde he was "100 per cent confident" of retaining his place and Rio Haryanto had been granted £10 million by the Indonesian government to pursue the other seat, the Mercedes-affiliated driver had become an outsider in the struggle to join the Mercedes-affiliated team. Having previously told ...

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