February 24, 2017 / 4:30 PM / in 8 months

Italian Giovinazzi replaces Wehrlein for F1 test

LONDON (Reuters) - Ferrari reserve driver Antonio Giovinazzi will replace Sauber’s injured German Pascal Wehrlein at the first pre-season test in Barcelona next week, the Swiss-based Formula One team said on Friday.

“We took the decision that Pascal will not be driving in the first test in Barcelona,” Sauber team principal Monisha Kaltenborn said in a statement.

“We will monitor his medical progress and will then decide on the next steps.”

Wehrlein had told his Twitter followers last week that he would not be testing due to a back injury sustained at the Race of Champions in Miami in January. Sauber had not named a replacement until Friday, however.

Wehrlein, who has joined Sauber from now-defunct Manor, will still attend the test at the Circuit de Catalunya to familiarise himself with the team and procedures.

Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Ed Osmond

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