Wehrlein Open to Returning to The Race of Champions After Injury

Formula One’s Sauber driver Pascal Wehrlein has said that he’s open to returning to the ROC in the future, despite the injury he sustained earlier this year.

It looks like despite a fractured vertebra, Pascal Wehrlein isn’t ready to quit the Race of Champions. The young German driver sustained an injury during January’s Race of Champions event that kept him from participating in the first two races of the Formula One 2017 season, which saw replacement driver Antonio Giovinazzi step in in his stead.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 25: Antonio Giovinazzi of Italy and Sauber F1 sits in his car in the garage during final practice for the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park on March 25, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 25: Antonio Giovinazzi of Italy and Sauber F1 sits in his car in the garage during final practice for the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park on March 25, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Wehrlein did manage to make it back into the single-seater seat for the Bahrain Grand Prix – something that Sauber is no doubt thankful of after Giovinazzi’s double crash in China.

But, according to Wehrlein, the Race of Champions is not something that he’s ready to quit just yet:

“I will go again to the Race of Champions. Maybe not this year, and maybe I won’t drive a car with three wheels…

But for sure I will go again. I think this year I will skip it once. Maybe I will go there just for the party.”

It’s always a great time. I think the racing is not the main point of this event. It’s having fun with drivers from other series.

It’s just a great time and I really enjoy it there and I will go there again. They always look for nice places to go.” – Pascal Wehrlein

Sauber's German driver Pascal Wehrlein gets ready for the second practice session of the Formula One Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 24, 2017.
Sauber’s German driver Pascal Wehrlein gets ready for the second practice session of the Formula One Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 24, 2017.

It’s undoubtedly wonderful to see Wehrlein is such good spirits regarding the event despite the freak accident that saw him crash through the middle barrier and vault over another, flipping the car. A spinal injury is nothing to take lightly, and his determination to both his recovery as well as his necessary physical training to take on the 2017 F1 cars is a testament to the young driver’s passion and dedication to racing.

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