Method E driver Pascal Wehrlein revealed that Sebastian Vettel had been a terrific mentor to him throughout the former’s brief tenure in F1. The Porsche driver was grateful for the assistance he acquired from the German champion and revealed that the duo remained in touch with one another.
Talking to Sportskeeda in Mexico, Wehrlein defined his rapport along with his German F1 mentor, saying:
“Sure every so often we’re in touch, he lives ten minutes away from me.”
Requested if he nonetheless receives recommendation from the four-time world champion, the previous Sauber driver stated:
“Not anymore. Now he’s retired however we had been driving in several classes at the moment. However he taught me loads after I was in F1.”
Earlier than turning into a mentor to Mick Schumacher, Sebastian Vettel mentored Wehrlein throughout his tenure in F1. As a fellow younger German expertise on the F1 grid, the younger Sauber driver was typically noticed chatting with the four-time world champion within the paddock. The Porsche FE driver revealed that he was nonetheless in contact with the retired champion and that they lived fairly shut to one another. Whereas he now not takes recommendation from his German mentor, he was grateful for the assistance he acquired from Vettel throughout his tenure in F1.
How was the rapport between Sebastian Vettel and Pascal Wehrlein in F1?
A well-known second in F1 was when Sebastian Vettel took a raise on the facet pod of Pascal Wehrlein’s Sauber when the previous Ferrari driver crashed out of the 2017 F1 Malaysian GP qualifying session.
The duo have additionally raced collectively within the Race of Champions occasion within the low season, representing Workforce Germany previously. A lesser-known reality is that Vettel was chargeable for serving to Wehrlein turn into a Ferrari take a look at and simulator driver from 2019 to 2020.
Talking to Autobild in 2019 and explaining his involvement in Wehrlein securing Ferrari take a look at driver’s function, Sebastian Vettel stated:
“I didn’t signal his contract. However when the subject of sim drivers was introduced up, I discussed his title. I get alongside properly with Pascal and he has the potential. I’m positive he’ll assist us progress.”
On his rapport with Wehrlein, the German champion added:
“It makes me proud for positive, as a result of there are sufficient causes for us to be happy with our nation. In relation to studying, Germany has created some good alternatives, maybe one of the best of all of them.”
Regardless of Wehrlein being a Mercedes protégé, he left the staff after the 2018 season. The German Method E driver secured his first full-time race seat with Mahindra Racing in 2019 and was concurrently fulfilling his duties at Ferrari as a growth and take a look at driver. Sebastian Vettel at that time was the star driver at Ferrari and helped the younger DTM champion work along with his staff.
Wehrlein is now one of the vital established abilities in FE and races with Porsche, who’ve additionally been eyeing an entry into F1. Whereas he isn’t related to any F1 staff for the time being, he has flourished within the FE area since departing from F1, along with his most up-to-date efficiency being a second-place podium on the season opener in Mexico.