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April 5, 2017 Pascal Wehrlein to sit out second race in China

Published by Christine Blachford

Credit: Sauber AG

Wehrlein is still getting back up to speed after his Race of Champions accident in December last year, and is set to sit out the second round of the 2017 season, after missing out in Australia a fortnight ago. The German driver said: “For me, the most important thing is that I can train intensively to ensure a 100% performance from my side as soon as possible. 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.”

Although Wehrlein considers his neck injury to be healed, it’s thought that the lack of training and therefore strength he has in the neck would be an issue in the new style heavier and harder to manage F1 cars. That means it will be Antonio Giovinazzi back in the car for his second race weekend, after super subbing for Sauber in Melbourne. The Ferrari junior driver performed well during his first weekend, finishing 12th, with team boss Monisha Kaltenborn calling it a “very impressive performance. He showed his potential as well as what the car is capable of.”



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