Pascal Wehrlein will be familiar to Formula 1 fans around the world for his incredible exploits aboard un-fancied Manor Racing machinery throughout 2016. But that should come as no surprise given his impressive pre-grand prix CV.
The now-22-year-old’s status as a future star was confirmed when he became the youngest driver ever to be crowned champion of the DTM, Germany's premier touring car series, for Mercedes-Benz in 2015 - a day before his 21st birthday.
The triumphant year followed a dream end to Wehrlein's 2014 season. First he scored his maiden DTM victory with a win in mixed conditions around the Lausitzring. At just 19, he was also the youngest driver ever to win a race in the series.
Then, just days later, his week got even better when he was named the Mercedes F1 team’s official reserve driver. He went on to top the timesheets as he made his debut for the team on the final day of 2014 testing in Abu Dhabi.
Finally, Wehrlein reached the Race Of Champions Grand Final in Barbados at his very first attempt, before losing out to David Coulthard. He was also due to partner Sebastian Vettel at Team Germany during ROC Miami's Nations Cup but was ruled out after crashing in the previous day's Race Of Champions.
2016 Manor Racing F1 driver and official Mercedes F1 reserve driver
2015 Became the youngest ever DTM champion aged just 20
2014 Became the youngest winner in DTM history at the Lausitzring
2014 Topped end-of-season test at Abu Dhabi for Mercedes F1 team
2012 Formula 3 Euro Series runner-up
2011 ADAC Formel Masters champion
Years contested: 2014, 2015, 2017 (3)
2014 2nd, Race Of Champions