Former Manor and Sauber Grand Prix driver Pascal Wehrlein returns to DTM as his Formula One options dry up for 2018. Staying with the three pointed star as he returns to the scene of his 2015 drivers championship success, outgoing Sauber Formula One driver Pascal Wehrlein will form one of the five strong driving strength for the final season of Mercedes DTM career ahead of the German marque moving into the FIA Formula E electric series in 2019. Wehrlein impressed during his short two year stay in Formula One, however with Sauber now benefitting from closer links to the works Ferrari outfit via Alfa Romeo branding, the 23-year-old German found himself without a drive for the year ahead. Replaced by Ferrari junior and reigning Formula Two champion Charles Leclec as Sauber opted to keep with the well heeled Marcus Erickson in the second car, Wehrlein quickly started to run out of options to remain in a race seat for the year ahead. Despite this difficult career setback, Mercedes chief Toto Wolff continued to be at pains to confirm Mercedes wished to keep Wehrlein within the manufacturer family for the coming year, and it now appears that the German DTM series was the most attractive opportunity remaining for the talented racer. With an eye on a Formula One comeback in the near future, Wehrlein is thought to be interested in dovetailing his touring car campaign with selected rounds of the Japanese Super Formula series during the season, a championship that continues to provide an attractive alternative to single seater drivers looking to forge a paid career outside of Grand Prix racing. Speaking of the new deal for 2018, Wehrlein said: “I have fantastic memories with DTM, not least because of my title win in 2015, but also because of the strong team spirit and the many nice experiences with the guys. “I have followed DTM closely during my time in Formula 1 and have been to some races to visit and support the team. “Things have changed a lot in DTM since my last race at the season finale at Hockenheim 2015. But I like challenges and I cannot wait to get on track for the first time with our new car. The first tests cannot be here soon enough.” Wehrlein will be joined by former champion and fellow ex Grand Prix racer Paul di Resta, teaming up with Williams reserve and long time Mercedes affiliate Gary Paffett and young talents Lucas Auer and Edoardo Mortara. For more from the world of motorsports, check out the Motorsport Sub Forum here at RaceDepartment - go on, get involved in the conversation now! Like what you see here at RaceDepartment? Don't forget to like, subscribe and follow us on social media! RaceDepartment YouTube RaceDepartment Twitter RaceDepartment Facebook RaceDepartment Twitch RaceDepartment Instagram Do you thing Wehrlein can fight for wins / championships in DTM? Does the German deserve a second chance in Formula One? Let us know in the comments section below!