Pascal Wehrlein was ruled out of the Nations’ Cup portion of the Race of Champions after an accident in the individual stage on the Saturday, and his Formula 1 team has sought to inform him that the necessary medical examinations of him are still ongoing.
In a statement on Monday, Sauber F1 Team sought to address reports regarding Wehrlein’s health, if he was not ready for preseason testing. The opening round of testing takes place at the end of this month in Barcelona.
In a statement released by RoC, Wehrlein said he had “mild discomfort” but looked set to be back to driving soon. He switches this year from the now-defunct Manor team to Sauber this season.
“I’m very sorry to withdraw from today’s ROC Nations Cup,” Wehrlein said in that statement. I’d really like to race again and I feel fine, but the doctors have advised me to rest so of course I will take their advice. It’s no more than mild discomfort but my real priority for the coming year is my Formula 1 season. So while I’m sad to be missing out on all the action, I send my best wishes to my team-mate Sebastian Vettel and the rest of the competitors here in Miami and I wish them another exciting day’s racing.”