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Wehrlein: I have to skip the first winter test

Sauber driver Pascal Wehrlein will miss Formula One's opening pre-season test in Barcelona at the end of February due to a lingering back problem, the German said on Friday. 'I have to skip the first winter test due to medical advice because of a back issue. I feel sorry for the team but we'll come back stronger,' the 22-year-old said on Twitter. There was no immediate comment from the Swiss-based team. Wehrlein was injured at the Race of Champions in Miami last month when he crashed a three-wheeled Polaris Slingshot machine while racing Brazilian Felipe Massa on the opening day of competition. The machines came together with Wehrlein, who raced for now-defunct Manor in Formula One last...
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