Antonio Giovinazzi will replace Pascal Wehrlein for the first in-season test in Barcelona.
Wehrlein will not be driving in this test. It will take place from the 27th February to 2nd March 2017 at the Circuit de Catalunya.
The German driver had an incident during the Race of Champions in January in Miami. Since then medical examinations have been ongoing because of Pascal’s back problems.
“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,” said Monisha Kaltenborn, Team Principal of the Sauber F1 Team.
Antonio Giovinazzi thanked both Sauber and Ferrari for the opportunity
“It is a pity that I cannot be in the car during the first test days, but I will be in Barcelona in order to get familiar with the team’s procedures and also to follow the Sauber C36-Ferrari on track,” stated Wehrlein.
“I thank the Sauber F1 Team for making this real, and also Ferrari for allowing me to replace Pascal for test one in Barcelona,” added Antonio Giovinazzi.