Mercedes' F1 hopeful answers your questions

Mercedes' F1 hopeful answers your questions

Sauber's Pascal Wehrlein is often somewhat misunderstood. But this Q&A reveals a young man who's not as serious as he first appears - there's much more to him than just a sharp haircut. Words: Stuart Codling Portraits: Lorenzo Bellanca/LAT Images

Does Pascal Wehrlein have an image problem? We ask only because a good many of the questions that came in from our Global Fan Community this month were rather scathing. The impression we gleaned was that some of you think that the 22-year-old Mercedes prodigy is guilty of taking himself a bit too seriously.

He can certainly be quite intense, but, in our experience, Pascal is as good humoured outside the cockpit as he's fiercely competitive within it. Word reaches us, for instance, that he once pranked a former team-mate during a photoshoot with some Bluetooth headphones by hijacking the connection with an, ahem, adult movie soundtrack. Indeed, as he bounds up the stairs now, to the curiously empty top deck of the Sauber motorhome, he has a twinkle in his eye and mischief on his mind...

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