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Mercedes runs job ad for F1 driver with ‘proven track record’

Team says applicant tmust be good at accelerating, and handling the media

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Mercedes posted a tongue-in-cheek job advertisement on Thursday as they seek a replacement for newly-retired Formula One world champion Nico Rosberg.

The notice, similar in format to the usual automotive vacancies, was published in Britain’s Autosport magazine under ‘drive available’ for the amusement of readers rather than any serious intent.

“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,” it said.

“Ideally, you will have a proven track record in skills including steering, braking and in particular, accelerating. Possession of an FIA Super License will be an advantage.”

The perks included subsidized restaurant facilities, life assurance, private medical cover, on-site gym and a company car lease scheme.

Other 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.

Rosberg announced his retirement last Friday and dominant Mercedes have no need to advertise the hottest vacancy in Formula One, with anyone remotely qualified banging on their door.

The team’s 22-year-old German reserve Pascal Wehrlein, who raced for Manor this year, is the bookmakers’ favorite to partner triple world champion Lewis Hamilton next season.

William Hill cut his odds from 9/4 to 4/7 on Wednesday with Williams’ Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas the 5/2 second favorite.

“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,” said Hill’s spokesman Joe Crilly.

Mercedes Formula One driver Nico Rosberg of Germany waves after winning the pole position for the Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi November 22, 2014. (Reuters)
Mercedes Formula One driver Nico Rosberg of Germany waves after winning the pole position for the Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi November 22, 2014. (Reuters)