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Pascal Wehrlein suddenly emerges as strong candidate for 2019 F1 seat

Pascal Wehrlein may be returning to Formula 1 next year, after all.

Just days ago, Mercedes announced it was ending Wehrlein’s Mercedes program contract to allow Wehrlein to test the market. It was clear that there were no F1 openings for Wehrlein with the Mercedes teams.

“I am looking for new challenges and opportunities, and am currently talking to other teams about a cockpit for next season,” said Wehrlein, a former F1 driver for Manor (2016) and Sauber (2017).

French media outlet L’Equipe reports that the team could be Toro Rosso.

The Red Bull junior team is preparing to announce its drivers for 2019 next time out at Sochi. Pierre Gasly is moving to the senior team, while Brendon Hartley has underperformed this year.

Daniil Kvyat is the favorite for one seat.

La Derniere Heure reports that if Kvyat does return to Toro Rosso, it would open up the spot for Ferrari’s development driver that McLaren refugee Stoffel Vandoorne could fill.