Pascal Wehrlein has confirmed an injury will stop him from taking part in what would have been his first test for new team Sauber.
Wehrlein revealed the injury is to his back and not his neck as had been previously reported. The Sauber driver was injured in a crash at the Race of Champions in Miami last month.
“I have to skip the first winter test due to medical advice because of a back issue,” Wehrlein announced on social media. “I feel sorry for the team but we’ll come back stronger.”
Wehrlein joined the team at the beginning of this year having spent his first season at Manor. The Mercedes junior driver was passed over promotion to the world champions’ team in favour of Valtteri Bottas, who made his F1 debut three years before Wehrlein.
The announcement comes 27 days after Wehrlein was suffered his injuries when he rolled a Polaris Slingshot three-wheeler while competing in the Race of Champions. Wehrlein had just taken the chequered flag in a close finish with fellow F1 driver Felipe Massa when the accident occured. Wehrlein’s passenger was uninjured in the crash.
Sauber is due to reveal the first pictures of its new F1 car on January 20th.
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