As a replacement for recently retired Formula One World Champion Driver Nico Rosberg, Mercedes Benz on Thursday posted a tongue-in-cheek job advertisement as they seek a new driver.
Similar in format to the standard automotive vacancies, the notice was published under ‘drive available’ in Britain’s Autosport magazine for the levity of readers rather than any serious intention.
“As part of the travelling team, you will be responsible for the operation of an F1 car at track events including demos, tests and grands prix. Ideally, you will have a proven track record in skills including steering, braking and in particular, accelerating. Possession of an FIA Super Licence will be an advantage,” it said.
The perks included life assurance, private medical cover, subsidised restaurant facilities, a company car lease scheme and on-site gym.
Other essential required skills, apart from being “self-motivated with a strong desire for success”, included showing ‘extreme patience in the face of media attention’ and being able to identify clearly the strengths and weaknesses of competitors.
Last Friday, Rosberg announced his retirement and dominant Mercedes have no need to promote the hottest vacancy in F1, with anyone remotely qualified waiting on their door.
Pascal Wehrlein, the team’s 22-year-old German reserve, who raced this year for Manor, is the bookmakers’ favourite to partner three time world champion Lewis Hamilton next season.
William Hill’s spokesman Joe Crilly said, “While it would be a big step up for him (Wehrlein), he seems to be the man the punters are predicting to replace the world champion.”
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said to Sky Sports television he was all ready to make a ‘brave choice’ – echoing the words he used about Nico Rosberg when the German broadcasted his decision.
Mercedes Benz have also expressed an interest in two time world champion Fernando Alonso but the Spaniard is under contract with McLaren, who do not want to let him go.