Wehrlein ‘more hungry to perform even better’
1 | March 16, 2017 3:21 PM HKT
Pascal Wehrlein is determined to improve on the
“smaller things” as he prepares for a second season in Formula
1, this year with Sauber.
Last season the former DTM Champion raced for back-of-the-grid
Manor where he scored one point through a tenth place finish at
the Austrian Grand Prix.
That P10 made him only the second driver in Manor’s short
history to score a World Championship point.
It was, however, a difficult season for Wehrlein who went from
winning races and titles in DTM to fighting just to avoid being
“I think as a person I grew the most last season. These things
just make you stronger,” he told GPUpdate.net.
“It makes you more hungry to perform even better and to come
“If you have won many races, many titles… for example, at the
end of 2015 (after winning the DTM title), I felt much more
comfortable and easy, while at the end of last year, after a
season which was still good but I wasn’t on the podium, I
didn’t win races, you are so hungry again to win races, and you
can’t wait to do that.
“It’s the same if a chance is there but you couldn’t take it,
you want to make sure next time you take it.”
However, having missed out on a Force India race seat and then
one at Mercedes, Wehrlein acknowledges that this year’s goal is
all about improving as a driver.
“It’s in general,” he said. “I think that the second year is
always a lot easier from what I’ve experienced.
“You’ve done everything once, you know what to expect, I know
all the tracks. Yes, the cars are new, but they are new for
“I think the second year is always easier, which is what I
experienced in DTM, where I had a strong first year, but still
some difficult moments, and the second year was much easier.
“You can just focus a lot more on finer things, the smaller
things, which can make a big difference – two or three tenths.”
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