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Pascal Wehrlein to miss first pre-season test in Spain // Sauber suffer first test setback

Published by Christine Blachford

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New Sauber driver Pascal Wehrlein has confirmed that he won’t be participating in the first pre-season testing in Barcelona, which gets underway in just over a week. The former Manor driver hurt his back during the Race of Champions in December, after an accident saw his car flip into a barrier. He has been having medical tests on his neck and back since then, and whilst Sauber were keen to play down the rumours that he would need more time to recover, Wehrlein himself has now announced he will be sitting out the running in Spain.

The German driver tweeted: “I have to skip the first winter test due to medical advice because of a back issue. I feel sorry for the team but we’ll come back stronger!”

Meanwhile, the team are reportedly talking to engine supplier Ferrari to sign up their junior driver Antonio Giovinazzi to be reserve driver, which could be even more important with the prospect of an injured driver before the season has even started.