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Wehrlein felt ‘no pain’ upon F1 return from injury with Sauber

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Pascal Wehrlein had no trouble getting back behind the wheel of a Formula 1 car on Tuesday in Barcelona after missing the first pre-season test through injury.

Wehrlein sustained a neck and back injury during an accident in the Race of Champions in January, prompting doctors to advise him to sit out the first pre-season test at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

The German enjoyed his first run-out with new team Sauber on Tuesday, completing 47 laps in total, and said he felt no pain in his back despite the more physical nature of the new F1 cars.

“I’m feeling good, so very happy about today. I jumped into the car and no pain, nothing,” Wehrlein explained, as quoted by Motorsport Week.

“I was pretty happy at lunchtime and was totally fine, no issues. It’s good.

“Of course you feel tired but I don’t have pain, so it’s two separate things. I think it’s good that the back is not making any trouble or pain after a few laps, and that’s a positive about today.”

Despite losing two days’ worth of running last week, Wehrlein is confident he will be back up to speed early in the season.

“I lost two days of testing so of course in the beginning I will lack something,” Wehrlein said.

“But I will catch up quite quickly and after a few races I will be back where I should be.”

Video highlights from Stage 12 of Dakar Rally, 2 stages remain

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Thursday’s Stage 12 of the 40th Dakar Rally not only closed the overall standings gap in at least two classes (cars and trucks), two other classes (bikes and quads) failed to get going due to weather conditions.

The full video highlights of Stage 12 will air on NBCSN on Friday at 7 pm ET, but here are some of the highlights from Thursday’s action:

CARS

2018 Dakar Rally: Nasser Al-Attiyah wins Stage 12 of cars

BIKES

 Stage 12 cancelled due to weather conditions

 

TRUCKS

Ton van Genugten edged out Martin Kolomy in Stage of, while Federico Villagra and Eduard Nikolaev both faced an uphill battle to finish fourth and third respectively.

QUADS

Even though the Quads were also impacted by weather issues on Thursday, Ignacio Casale, the 2014 Dakar winner, continues to make his case for a second overall victory in the quads.