Manor promote Mercedes reserve driver Pascal Wehrlein

F1 pundits are practicing their pneumonics for remembering how to spell the name Pascal Wehrlein, the first driver confirmed for Manor this year.

From Manor's facebook post announcing Wehrlein's appointment:

"Though it’s my first F1 season my aim is to help Stephen [Fitzpatrick, Manor Racing owner] and the guys achieve their goals. It will be a tough challenge but I think we should be able to challenge for points along the way. It’s going to be good fun.
"A word for my racing family at Mercedes-Benz, and particularly for Toto, who have guided my career this far and made this opportunity possible. Thanks for the incredible support to help me achieve my dream; now it’s down to me to grab the moment and perform on track.”

Some believe Manor were seeking finances of $30 million (which is more than I've got on me right now) from their drivers, with the amount split at $15 million per seat. However, it's quite possible that Wehrlein's signing signals a deal for cheap (or even free) Mercedes engines for Manor, and if they can cover their operational deficit sufficiently, then Alexander Rossi could just find himself with the opportunity to backup his impressive, albeit limited, 2015 campaign.