Sauber have confirmed that Italian Antonio Giovinazzi will replace Pascal Wehrlein at this weekends Chinese Grand Prix.
Despite taking part in Free Practice last weekend, Sauber driver Pascal Wehrlein decided to miss out the rest of the weekend due to a lack of fitness following a crash at the Race of Champions in January. The injury meant that he was behind on fitness for the start of the season, despite taking part in winter testing, which has been highlighted as important with the high G-forces of the 2017 season.
A statement from Sauber said, “For me the most important is that I can train intensively to ensure a 100% performance from my side as soon as possible. I will then be well-prepared for my first complete Grand Prix weekend for the Sauber F1 Team. Hopefully this can be in Bahrain but, if not, then we will take the time it needs until Russia to make sure I am completely ready.”
He will be once again replaced by Ferrari test driver Antonio Giovinazzi who impressed on his debut, almost outqualifying teammate Marcus Ericsson despite only having the one hour third Free Practice session in the morning to prepare.