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2017-04-12 09:27

BACK ON TRACK: Pascal Wehrlein will make his first appearance of the new F1 season this weekend in Bahrain after the Sauber driver missed the opening two races due to injury.Image: AP / Eugene Hoshiko

Paris - Pascal Wehrlein will make his first appearance of the new Formula 1 season this weekend in Bahrain after the Sauber driver missed the opening two races with injury.

Wehrlein had been struggling for fitness after a crash in January's Race of Champions event which meant he missed most of pre-season training and testing with his new team.

Fit enough

He then sat out the season-opening 2017 Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne citing a back problem and missed last weekend's race in Shanghai.

Italian rookie Antonio Giovinazzi stood in for Wehrlein, who was heavily linked with the vacant seat at Mercedes before Valtteri Bottas stepped in for retired world champion Nico Rosberg.

READ: F1: Doubts surround Wehrlein's 'fitness' saga

Worked harder then ever for this moment. Comeback in Bahrain! @sauberf1team @mercedesamgf1 @f1

A post shared by Pascal Wehrlein (@pascal_wehrlein) on

Sauber tweeted:  "Good news: We are pleased to inform that Pascal Wehrlein will be back in the car as of the Bahrain GP." 

Back at Bahrain

The 23-year-old Giovinazzi enjoyed mixed fortunes: he finished 12th on his Grand Prix debut in Melbourne but then smashed his Sauber into a wall in China.

Practice for the 2017 Bahrain Grand Prix begins on Friday.

READ: Wehrlein could miss start of F1 due to neck injury

Good news: We are pleased to inform that Pascal Wehrlein will be back in the car as of the #BahrainGP! #F1 @PWehrlein pic.twitter.com/rnWbfYsK9k

— Sauber F1 Team (@SauberF1Team) April 11, 2017 ">

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