Former F1 star Pascal Wehrlein is desperate to make Formula E debut after contract dispute ruled him out of season opener

The former F1 star is out to make up for lost time in Marrakesh after being forced to sit and watch the race in Riyadh while his rivals were racing to score points.

Wehrlein could not compete in Saudi because he was still contracted to Mercedes’ junior programme and they prevented him from being on the grid for the first race of the new all-electric season, last December.

But the Mahindra driver has since left Mercedes and is desperate to knuckle down and begin his Formula E career.

Wehrlein said: “Racing is always exciting and the best thing in the world but to start something new is even more exciting.

“So I am looking forward to this year and looking forward to finally starting my season.

“It’s just a case I have to start one race later, and the others have an advantage but they have an advantage anyway as it’s my first race and now I just have to focus on myself and get the maximum out of me and the car.

“I am new to it, I need to learn everything but I want to be as good as possible as quick as possible.”

Wehrlein was furious after his chance of making his Formula E debut in Riyadh last year was taken away from him.

He added: “It was really frustrating, I had hope to race there [Saudi Arabia] but right at the end I couldn’t.

“And if you are hoping until the end and you come to it and you can’t go, it’s obviously really frustrating.

“But that has passed now and I’m really looking forward to it.”

Since departing Mercedes, the German has also agreed to become a test driver for Ferrari in Formula One.

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