Antonio Giovinazzi will drive for Sauber Formula 1 team as Marcus Ericsson’s team-mate, as main driver Pascal Wehrlein will sit out until the Bahrain or Russian Grand Prix.
The Italian made his Grand Prix debut in Australia following Wehrlien’s withdrawal on Saturday morning, and the young German remains in a state wherein he cannot race, following his Race of Champions crash.
The German sat out the first Formula 1 test following the injuries sustained from his Race of Champions crash, however returned to the team for the second test without problems. Following a successful second winter test, the German was confident that he was fit for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, however following Friday Practice, the ex-Manor driver saw signs that could hold his performance back during qualifying and the race – which led to Giovinazzi replacing the young German.
“For me the most important is that I can train intensively to ensure a 100% performance from my side as soon as possible,” said Wehrlein.
“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.”