The Sauber F1 Team has confirmed that Pascal Wehrlein will not race in the Australian Grand Prix on Sunday and will be replaced by Antonio Giovinazzi.
Wehrlein, who crashed during the Race of Champions event at beginningof the year, does not feel fit enough for a complete race distance due to his training deficit. As of FP3, Antonio Giovinazzi will take over the Sauber C36-Ferrari for the rest of the Australian Grand Prix weekend.
“My fitness level is not as it should be for a full race distance because of my training deficit. I explained the situation to the team yesterday evening. Therefore, the Sauber F1 Team has decided not to take any risks. It is a pity, but the best decision for the team,” explained Wehrlein.
“We have great respect of Pascal’s openness and professionalism. This decision was definitely not an easy one for him, it underlines his qualities as a team player. The focus is now on his fitness level, and in such a situation we do not take any unnecessary risks. Pascal will be in China as planned,” said Sauber's Team Principal, Monisha Kaltenborn.