AUSTIN, TX - OCTOBER 22: Pascal Wehrlein of Germany and Manor Racing walks in the Pitlane during qualifying for the United States Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas on October 22, 2016 in Austin, United States. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

According to reports in the German media, new Sauber driver, Pascal Wehrlein, may be forced to sit out the season opening test in Barcelona later this month due to injuries he sustained in a recent crash.

Every year drivers from various categories come together for the Race of Champions, and this year’s event was held in Miami last month, with Wehrlien taking part. Unfortunately he was involved in a heavy accident involving a car driver by Williams’s driver Felipe Massa that saw Pascal’s car flip and crash in to the barriers.

While he seemed to walk away unscathed from the shunt, new reports indicate that all was not as good as it seemed with the German racer actually suffering a neck injury.

Sauber refuse to entertain the stories that their driver is injured, however they did confirm that he is currently undergoing medical tests ahead of the February 27 test and will provide a further update at a later date.

"Current rumors about Pascal Wehrlein in the media: The medical examinations are still ongoing," the team said on twitter. "Therefore, the reports are pure speculations. We will provide information in due time."