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After weeks of speculation as to Pascal Wehrlein’s injuries, Monisha Kaltenborn has revealed the Sauber driver suffered “micro fractures” due to compression of his back.
Antonio Giovinazzi has apologised to the Sauber team after he crashed out for a second time in as many days in China.
Lance Stroll’s race ended on the opening lap, while there was double DNF for the doomed McLaren.
Antonio Giovinazzi will start Sunday’s Chinese GP from P18 on the grid after his C36 required a new gearbox following his qualifying crash.
Crashing out of qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix, Antonio Giovinazzi admits he was on the limit, “too much on the limit.”
Fernando Alonso drove “like an animal” to claim P13, while Antonio Giovinazzi crashed out at the bitter end of Q1.
Although Pascal Wehrlein is working “flat out” on his fitness, Sauber team boss Monisha Kaltenborn is unsure as to when the driver will be back in the cockpit of his C36.
The team principals from Renault, Sauber, Force India, Toro Rosso and Haas all take to the stage.
Romain Grosjean posted the fifth quickest time in FP1 with Renault’s Jolyon Palmer the only driver not to set a time.
Monisha Kaltenborn insists there is no conspiracy behind Pascal Wehrlein’s absence, he is quite simply just not fit enough to race.