Formula One 2017 Testing – Sauber confirm Giovinazzi will replace Wehrlein in Barcelona

Out goes Wehrlein, in comes Giovinazzi?

Image Sources: L’Equipe and Motorsport.com

As per Motorsport.com, the Sauber F1 Team have confirmed rumored reports that Ferrari test driver Antonio Giovinazzi will replace Pascal Wehrlein at the upcoming pre-season test at Barcelona next week.

Wehrlein, who is signed to drive alongside Marcus Ericsson in 2017, crashed into the car of Felipe Massa at the Race of Champions event on January 21st, causing him to launch over Massa’s front left wheel and into the barriers. 

Although the German walked away from the accident, it was later revealed that he was still undergoing medical checks to see if he could be cleared fit for the test. 

“We took the decision that Pascal will not be driving in the first test in Barcelona. We will monitor his medical progress and will then decide on the next steps,” stated team principal Monisha Kaltenborn.

In addition to this, Wehrlein added: “It is a pity I cannot be in the car during the first test days, but I will be in Barcelona in order to get familiar with the teams’s procedures and also to follow the Sauber C36 on track”.

Giovinazzi, who is believed to be racing in GP2 this year, will replace the German for the first test. This will the first time he’ll be driving a current spec Formula One car, his only other experience being a two year old Ferrari at the Fiorano test track. 

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