Mercedes promotes Wehrlein to reserve driver

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BRACKLEY, England (AP) — Mercedes has promoted 19-year-old Pascal Wehrlein to reserve driver, less than a week after the German teenager got behind the wheel of a Formula One car for the first time.

Wehrlein has impressed in two seasons in DTM — a German touring-car championship — and completed more than 30 days in the Mercedes simulator this year in a virtual F1 W05 Hybrid. He drove the team's 2012 car in a test in Portugal on Thursday.

Wehrlein will be the back-up to championship rivals Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton, starting at the Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday.

Wehrlein says "the test was simply the greatest experience I have had so far in motorsport. There weren't any nerves, which surprised me, I just felt ready for it."

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