Wehrlein Returns to Formula 1 in Bahrain
For one driver, his 2017 Formula 1 season properly begins in Bahrain after missing the start of the year.
Sauber’s Pascal Wehrlein is set to make his long-awaited return to racing at the Bahrain Grand Prix after a two-race absence.
— Sauber F1 Team (@SauberF1Team) April 11, 2017
The German driver did not feel fit enough to compete in either Australia or China after sustaining injuries at January’s Race of Champions event. This will be Wehrlein’s first race distance since last season’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, finishing 14th for Manor, 140 days before this Bahrain event.
Ferrari third driver Antonio Giovinazzi has replaced him until now, the team’s only finisher in Australia (12th) before retiring in China after crashing on the damp straightaway. Wehrlein completed 51 laps in Australia’s first two practices before giving up his seat.
Giovinazzi’s first result is currently Sauber’s best of the season, placing them ninth in the Constructors’ Championship ahead of McLaren, tying on no points. The Italian was out-qualified by teammate Marcus Ericsson in both races after making critical errors.
Competition should be high at the team, with Wehrlein finishing ahead of Ericsson in last year’s Drivers’ Championship by one point to zero and outqualifying him in just 11 of the 21 races.
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