Recent Formula 1 racers Brendon Hartley and Pascal Wehrlein have both taken up roles as part of Ferrari’s simulator team for the 2019 season. Two-time FIA World Endurance Championship winner Hartley raced for Toro Rosso in F1 through the final four races of 2017 and the entirety of last year before being dropped for 2019. The New Zealander was confirmed to be remaining as part of Porsche’s factory driver programme this year, but will now add a Ferrari simulator role to his commitments.
Pascal Wehrlein has been linked with a Ferrari role for a number of weeks following his exit from Mercedes at the end of last year. The German spent two years in Formula 1 with Manor and Sauber, and is now racing in Formula E with Mahindra.
The duo will work in the simulator team alongside Antonio Fuoco, a former member of Ferrari’s driver academy, and Davide Rigon, who races for the Ferrari factory AF Corse team in the WEC.
According to Auto Bild, the leading German automobile magazine based in Hamburg, Scuderia Ferrari intends for the main simulator work to be done by Pascal Wehrlein, at least when there are no overlaps with Formula E: “I will do everything to help Sebastian Vettel and the entire Ferrari team win the championship. They deserve it more than anything.” – Pascal Wehrlein said, when asked about his new job as a simulator driver for the Italian side – “It makes me extremely proud and it is an honor for me to work for Ferrari. I’ve been in Maranello and I have felt an atmosphere there that I’ve never experienced before. Ferrari is just something very special.” – the German-Mauritian driver added.