Toro Rosso is an option
Under normal circumstances, no one would give credence this option at all. But these aren’t normal circumstances. Toro Rosso’s ace driver Carlos Sainz is off to Renault for 2018. Pierre Gasly is all set to take the Spaniard’s place. And they have Kvyat in the other seat. But rumors are that Red Bull wants to finally drop the Russian completely. Ever since his demotion, Kvyat has shown little ability to turn his speed into real results. Red Bull is probably convinced that Kvyat is a lost cause because of his crash-ridden results and dangerous driving that brought him this close to a race ban. Scoring only 4 points so far in this season compared to Sainz’s 48 shows how lost Kvyat is.
So Toro Rosso would be benefitted by taking in Pascal Wehrlein as against Kvyat. Some cash injection by Mercedes akin to Sauber will be the cherry on the top.
- Send him to Formula E
Mercedes along with a raft of other manufacturers will join the burgeoning Formula E category in 2019-2020 season. Pascal Wehrlein’s career has probably plateaued at Formula 1. So instead of trying so hard, they can send the German to make a career in FE. The next season of Formula E is due to begin in December. 3 seats are still up for grabs therefore, there is, theoretically, an opportunity. Pascal can learn the sport inside out in 2 years time and then lead the charge for Mercedes when the team makes an entry in late 2019. Pascal will feel quite at home as so many ex-F1 drivers are racing in the series. You could even call it an Ex-F1 Driver Championship.
- Race in DTM
Before arriving in F1 in 2016, Pascal made quite a name for himself in DTM. He still holds the record for both the youngest winner and youngest champion in DTM. Mercedes has decided to pull out of the DTM by the end of 2018 and switch the resources to Formula E.
Without a drive for next year, Pascal Wehrlein can return to DTM for next year to be Mercedes’s flag bearer for one last time. And if he’s able to repeat his 2014 or perhaps 2015-esque performance, it’ll boost his reputation even higher.
- Do FP1 duties
The least Mercedes can do for him is to arrange FP1 duties for the German with their customer teams Force India and Williams. 4-5 FP1 duties with each team will keep the youngster occupied for most of the year while putting in simulator hours back in Mercedes HQ will help the team as well.