Sidepodcast // All for F1 and F1 for all

Next race: Chinese Grand Prix, Shanghai
F1Minute // Bitesize Formula One news

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

Published by Christine Blachford

Pascal Wehrlein to miss first pre-season test in Spain
Pascal Wehrlein to miss first pre-season test in Spain audio waveform

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.

Buy from Amazon - Pocket F1 Handbook: Guide to the 2015 Grand Prix Season

365 F1 stories

The US Grand Prix West of 1983 was held on this day, with Patrick Tambay on pole position, but who won the event?

F1 team launches
Sauber F1 TeamOnline20 Feb
Renault Sport F1 TeamTBC21 Feb
Sahara Force India F1 TeamSilverstone, England22 Feb
Mercedes AMG Petronas MotorsportSilverstone, England23 Feb
McLaren HondaTBC24 Feb
Scuderia FerrariFiorano, Italy24 Feb
Williams Martini RacingTBC25 Feb
Haas F1 TeamTBC26 Feb
Red Bull RacingOnline26 Feb
Scuderia Toro RossoBarcelona, Spain26 Feb
F1 test schedule
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain27 Feb
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain28 Feb
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain1 Mar
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain2 Mar
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain7 Mar
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain8 Mar
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain9 Mar
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain10 Mar

An Aside with Joe