The reason is that the Austrian does not possess a current FIA super license.
The 27-year-old former Jaguar and Red Bull racer – with 48 Grand Prix starts to his name and three years’ further testing experience with Honda and BMW Sauber – doesn’t possess the mandated FIA document that would allow him to leave the Barcelona pit lane at the wheel of the HRT F110.
“[Signing him] was all very last minute,” he said. "As long as the contract was not signed, we could not even ask for a super license.”
Let’s hoping that some common sense prevails here and that the situation can be resolved.
[Original image via GP Update]