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Why Mercedes’ Pascal Wehrlein Was the Right Choice for Manor in 2016

It has been a relatively quiet Formula One offseason, at least in terms of driver movement, with eight of the 10 teams from last year opting to retain their 2015 race lineups. This week, though, Manor Racing announced that Mercedes reserve driver and current DTM champion Pascal Wehrlein will fill one of their 2016 race seats. That leaves just one more seat (also at Manor) up for grabs. Manor are a small team with a small budget and, as such, cannot go out and sign any driver they want. In F1, particularly with smaller teams, the fastest drivers do not always get the race seats—often, the determining factor is the amount of sponsorship a driver can bring. By signing Wehrlein, though, Manor have found the right balance between spee...

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