Reports: Wehrlein poised for Barcelona test run with Force India

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Mercedes reserve driver Pascal Wehrlein (pictured with Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg) is set to take part in the upcoming pre-season F1 test for Force India, according to reports in the German media.

Wehrlein, 20, joined the constructors’ champions in 2014 as a reserve driver, balancing the role with his commitments in the DTM championship.

With F1 testing limited nowadays, Wehrlein’s first run in the Mercedes W05 Hybrid came at the end-of-year test in Abu Dhabi last November. However, he put in an impressive display to post the fastest time of the two-day test, beating Valtteri Bottas and Raffaele Marciello.

Wehrlein could be set to get some more F1 testing under his belt next week, with German publications F1-Insider and Motorsport Total reporting that he will conduct running for Force India in Barcelona.

F1-Insider’s report suggests that Wehrlein is being used as a makeweight by Mercedes as it has not received its payment from Force India for its power unit supply.

Force India’s recent struggles have been well documented, with the team missing the first test in Jerez completely. It will be testing in Barcelona next week, albeit with the 2014 car, before introducing the new VJM08 in the final pre-season test at the end of February.

For Wehrlein, this presents a great opportunity for him to show the onlooking F1 paddock what he can do behind the wheel of a current car, and it is unlikely to be his last test of the year.

Wehrlein will continue to race in the DTM series this year for Mercedes, having claimed his first win in the touring car championship at the Lausitzring in 2014.

Indy Lights: Askew wins at Gateway as Veekay’s tires wear off

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For the fourth consecutive race, Oliver Askew is an winner in Indy Lights competition, and with only four races reaming in the 2019 season, the 22-year-old Floridian is on the cusp of winning his first series championship.

After starting Saturday’s 75-lap event at World Wide Technology Raceway from the pole position, Askew was quickly passed by Rinus Veekay on the first lap. However, Askew continued to follow VeeKay closely before retaking the lead on lap 53, a lead which he would not relinquish through the checkered flag.

“I think our car was just better,” Askew told NBC Sports after winning his seventh race of the season.

“I understood that from the beginning that he [VeeKay] had more straight line speed than us, so he was more trimmed out, and I knew that he was going to lose his tires at the end, and he did.

“I just had to keep the pressure on and wait for my opportunity.”

With his victory, Askew now extends his lead over VeeKay in the point standings by 52 points.

For Veekay, who held on to finish second, the fight to remain in the title race will not be an easy one.

“I’ll try everything I can but it’s been very tough,” VeeKay said. “The team and I, we’re giving it all we have. That’s all we can do.”

David Malukas finished third, while Ryan Norman and and Robert Mcgennis finished fourth and fifth, respectfully.

Dalton Kellett took the checkered flag where he started in the sixth position, and Lucas Kohl finished the race in the seventh position.

Toby Sowery finished the race in the eighth and final position after bringing out the lone caution of the race by spinning in Turn 2 on lap 12.

Indy Lights drivers and teams will now head out to the Pacific Northwest for a double header at Portland International Raceway on Saturday, August 31 and Sunday, September 1. Both races will air live on NBC Sports Gold.

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