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.
Wehrlein crashed heavily in January’s Race of Champions.
The new Sauber signing flipped the car, hitting the barrier as it rolled.
— Race Of Champions (@RaceOfChampions) January 21, 2017
The accident not only put him out of the Australian GP but also meant he was withdrawn from the Chinese race days prior to the event.
Wehrlein cited a lack of fitness as the cause with his Sauber team boss now revealing the injuries he sustained in that RoC crash.
“Pascal had his accident in Miami and he suffered compression on his back,” Kaltenborn explained.
“The injuries he had were micro fractures which are very normal with this type of compression. He was released from hospital and was declared fit to race but his training has been affected.”
The boss is adamant that Wehrlein will return to the cockpit of his C36 as soon as possible as the German, not Antonio Giovinazzi, is the official Sauber driver.
“Pascal is doing alright,” she added. “He is fully focused on his training and we are working on the target of him returning in Bahrain.
“We will make the call together with Mercedes at the beginning of the week.
“When we were in Australia no one anticipated this would happen. We want to have a third driver and Ferrari were very quick about flying in Antonio.
“It’s very clear Pascal is our second driver and we want him back as soon as possible.”