After the accident at the Race of Champions, Miami, colliding with Felipe Massa, Pascal Wehrlein spent several days with aches and pains and performing various medical tests. Days later, Sauber confirmed that the German pilot from Manor will miss the start of pre-season test in Barcelona.
Soon began talks with Ferrari to negotiate the collaboration of Antonio Giovinazzi and, finally, the agreement has been closed. The Italian rider, who was present at the presentation of Ferrari alongside Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Räikkönen, will conduct two days of testing alongside Marcus Ericsson, leaving in suspense the pilot program of the swiss team for the second week in an attempt to hasten the recovery of Wehrlein, who will come to the first race of the season with very little shooting.
Monisha Kaltenborn has commented that Sauber took the decision “that Pascal does not lead in the first test in Barcelona and we will check your progress doctor to decide the following steps. For his part, Pascal Wehrlein was recognized that it “a shame not to be in the car in Barcelona and become familiar with the procedures of the new car on track”.
Finally, Antonio Giovinazzi he wanted to thank Sauber “you have made this a reality” and also to Ferrari for allowing to replace Wehrlein.