Wehrlein to miss first pre-season test
17 February 2017 – Sauber driver Pascal Wehrlein has confirmed that he will miss the first of two pre-season tests at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya with a back issue, after his crash at the Race of Champions.
Wehrlein was competing against Williams' Felipe Massa during the individual competition at last month's ROC, held at Miami's Marlins Park, when he rolled his Polaris Slingshot SLR just after the finish.
Wehrlein's car flipped over after contact with Massa's and ended up hitting the barriers.
Although he managed to walk away from the accident, Wehrlein pulled out of the Nations Cup element as a precaution, where he was due to race alongside Sebastian Vettel for Team Germany.
Sauber revealed earlier this month, however, that medical examinations with Wehrlein were "ongoing", following reports in the German media that he had suffered a neck injury in his ROC accident.
Wehrlein has now spoken, confirming that a back issue will keep him out of the first test.
Barcelona will host two tests, from February 27 to March 2, and March 7 to 10.
Wehrlein posted on his Twitter account on Friday morning: "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!"
Ferrari third driver Antonio Giovinazzi has been tipped to join Marcus Ericsson for the test; Ferrari/Sauber and the GP2 runner-up's representatives have not responded to GPUpdate.net.