Vietoris to miss Barcelona
|By Jamie O'Leary||Thursday, May 19th 2011, 15:10 GMT|
Christian Vietoris will miss this weekend's GP2 round at Barcelona because he is still suffering from bad headaches as a result of a heavy crash at the Istanbul season-opener.
The German's spot at Racing Engineering has been taken by the experienced Portuguese driver Alvaro Parente.
"It makes no sense for me to do it [race this weekend]," Vietoris, who is also competing in the DTM with the Persson Mercedes squad, told AUTOSPORT.
"I have had bad headaches since the crash at Istanbul and it just isn't a good idea for me to get back in a formula car right now.
"I did [the DTM round] at Zandvoort last weekend, which didn't make it any worse, but it didn't improve things either.
"I need to have five or six days rest and hopefully I will be okay to come back for Monaco. It's a shame because I had a good weekend [at Barcelona] last year."
His replacement, Parente, is a previous winner at Barcelona in GP2, having tasted success on his series debut with Super Nova in 2008.