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 OK 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.