Antonio Giovinazzi will replace Pascal Wehrlein at Sauber for a second consecutive race. The Italian impressed in his Formula One debut in Australia, finishing twelfth whilst team-mate Marcus Ericsson failed to finish. Wehrlein pulled out of the first race of 2017 after a collision in the Race of Champions in January. The German stressed that his withdrawal wasn’t directly due to the injury, but because he’d been unable to train properly ahead of the race and didn’t believe he was fit enough for the full race distance. It’s uncertain when Wehrlein will be back in the cockpit of his Sauber C36-Ferrari. In a statement, the team said Giovinazzi will replace Wehrlein to ensure he’s in the “best physical shape” for his return. “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.” For more Formula One news and discussions head over to the RaceDepartment Formula One sub forum and join in with your fellow community members. When do you expect Wehrlein to make a return, or do you think Giovinazzi will keep the seat? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.