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Pascal Wehrlein to sit out Chinese GP; Giovinazzi gets another shot

Chinese Grand Prix – Sauber will again race without Pascal Wehrlein this weekend, as the German driver continues to recuperate from an off-season neck injury. Wehrlein was involved in a post-race crash at the Race Of Champions over the off season. While he walked away from the crash, it was eventually found that he had suffered neck injuries and has been forced to sit out plenty of track action since – including last weekend’s Australian Grand Prix. He was replaced by Antonio Giovinazzi from Ferrari’s Driver Academy after practice for the remainder of the event, with the Italian coming home an impressive P12 on Sunday.

Heading to China, Sauber have revealed that Wehrlein will again sit out this weekend, with Giovinazzi getting another chance at the wheel.

Wehrlein says he’s concentrating on getting race fit as quickly as possible, and not on the disappointment of not racing:

“For me the most important is that I can train intensively to ensure a 100% performance from my side as soon as possible. I will then be well-prepared for my first complete Grand Prix weekend for the Sauber F1 Team. 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.”

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