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Vietoris to miss Barcelona

Christian Vietoris Racing Engineering GP2 Asia 2011

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.

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