Mercedes wants to find the substitute of Nico Rosberg before the end of the year to begin an intensive program in the simulator of the computer and get to know the working methods used in Mercedes.
But, with almost all the drivers already with signed contracts, it’s going to be very difficult to find a good option beyond Pascal Wehrlein, the pilot test of Mercedes who, after having competed this year with Manor, still don’t have the site confirmed on the grill 2017.
Toto Wolff is not yet clear what path to take at the time of defining the type of rider that is more suitable for the team and, in his opinion, there are three main options:
- “Consider the option of having a number one and a number two. A bit like at Ferrari in the era of Schumacher and Massa. That would hire a pilot that we guarantee points for the constructors championship”.
- “Promote one of our young pilots, (Stephen) Ocon or (Pascal) Wehrlein. After all, the other teams have given opportunities to youngsters like Verstappen or Vandoorne”.
- “Return to the market to find another rider top. I have No intention of interfering in the internal affairs of Ferrari and I don’t even know if Sebastian is really the intention of coming with us. What would Ferrari and McLaren without Vettel and Alonso in December? Or do Williams without Bottas? Is the option, this is the least I like”.
Wolff starts work on Monday with the rest of the engineers and important people of the team to start to make decisions and to attempt to confirm the companion of Lewis Hamilton as soon as possible in the face of the decisive season 2017, in which the cars and the tyres change radically. “on Monday I will be in Brackley and I have a meeting with Ron Meadows, Andrew Shovlin and a group of engineers at first level. We will begin working on the best solution. It is a new challenge and exciting”.