Wehrlein’s pre-season was flipped on its head when he suffered a spectacular accident at the Race of Champions in January. Although he initially seemed ok it turns out that he suffered a neck injury which prevented him from driving in the first pre-season test.
Ferrari reserve driver Antonio Giovinazzi took over the Sauber C36 during that first test but Wehrlein has now passed medical checks and will get to drive the car in the second Barcelona test, which starts on Tuesday the 7th of March.
Being unable to take part in the first test was a definite setback for the German. Coming to terms with the new generation of cars has been a steeper learning curve for some drivers than others and Wehrlein will now have some serious catching up to do in terms of gaining experience and confidence.
Despite being cleared to drive, there’s a chance that the extra downforce and grip offered by this years’ cars could affect his injured neck. As a result Giovinazzi will remain on standby to drive if Wehrlein has any problems.
With less than three weeks to go to the first race in Australia however it’s pretty important that Pascal manages to stay fit. Giovinazzi looked rather comfortable in that Sauber…