I won’t speculate as to why Pascal Wehrlein isn’t able to join the grid for Sauber at this weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix but suffice it to say, there are many in the press who are asking all the right questions and seemingly perplexed by the concept of a young man of his age incapable of handling the current F1 car. There seems to be more to this story than that.
“For me the most important [thing] is that I can train intensively to ensure a 100% performance from my side as soon as possible,” Wehrlein said.
“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.”
Once again, Antonio Giovinazzi will take the reigns and to be honest, there are probably a lot of folks happy about that as the young Ferrari driver did a masterful job on his debut in Australia two weeks ago.
I’ve no idea what the issue is but there are some who feel we may not see him until Russia or even Spain. I’m having a hard time imagining these cars are that much different than last year’s versions that a young man couldn’t cope and it makes me wonder if money isn’t at the end of this rainbow and if it is, I find it highly insulting to perpetuate a story based on the fitness level of a driver.
I hope, for everyone’s sake, that it is just fitness levels and that he’s simply way behind on his physical fitness. At this point, that’s what the team and driver say so I’ll take their word for it.