Pascal Wehrlein turned down Formula E for Formula 1 hopes
Pascal Wehrlein looks to be focused on returning to Formula 1 in 2019.
The German lost his seat at Sauber at the end of last year, and now he is escaping from his Mercedes contract in a move interpreted as preparation for a potential Toro Rosso drive.
Focus on F1 for Wehrlein
Wehrlein recently tested the Formula E car of the new Mercedes works team, but team boss Ulrich Fritz says the 23-year-old is not in the running for a contract.
"Pascal did well in his test but at the time we wanted to make the decision, Pascal's focus was very clearly on returning to F1.
"I can understand that but I do not want to set up a team where a driver says after two races that he is leaving to enter F1. Our expectation was that Pascal would decide in favour of Formula E for the long term," Brazil's Globo quotes Fritz as saying.
The only real remaining vacancies on the 2019 grid are at Toro Rosso and Williams.