Pascal Wehrlein has confirmed that he will race with no. 94 for the entirety of his Formula 1 career after being unveiled as Manor Racing’s first driver for 2016 on Wednesday.
Wehrlein became the youngest ever champion in the history of the DTM in 2015, prompting Mercedes to seek out a place on the F1 grid for its junior prospect.
After a long winter of negotiations, Wehrlein was announced by Manor on Wednesday ahead of the start of pre-season testing in Barcelona in two weeks’ time.
Since 2014, all drivers racing in F1 are required to pick a number that remains theirs throughout their career in the series, with the no. 1 allocated to the world champion should they wish to use it.
Wehrlein confirmed shortly after the announcement that he would be using no. 94 in F1 – the year of his birth and the number he used in DTM.
“I will carry the #94 again which I ran in DTM last year,” Wehrlein told reporters. “It’s just because I was born in 1994.”
Just one seat remains on the F1 grid for 2016 following Wehrlein’s confirmation, with the identity of his Manor teammate still to be decided.