Un­fit Wehrlein pulls out

New Straits Times - - Sport -

SAUBER have with­drawn driver Pas­cal Wehrlein from the Aus­tralian Grand Prix due to fit­ness con­cerns and re­placed him with An­to­nio Giovinazzi, the For­mula One team said yes­ter­day.

The Ger­man in­jured his back in a crash at the Race of Cham­pi­ons in Mi­ami in Jan­uary and was re­placed by Giovinazzi for the first win­ter test in Barcelona.

Wehrlein re­turned for the sec­ond test and was cleared this week to drive in the sea­son-open­ing race at Al­bert Park but with­drew be­fore free prac­tice yes­ter­day.

“My fit­ness level is not as it should be for a full race dis­tance be­cause of my train­ing deficit,” Wehrlein said in a team state­ment.

“I ex­plained the sit­u­a­tion to the team yes­ter­day evening. There­fore, the Sauber F1 Team have de­cided not to take any risks. It is a pity, but the best de­ci­sion for the team.” Reuters

Sauber driver Pas­cal Wehrlein

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