Sauber F1 Team has confirmed Pascal Wehrlein will return to race action at this weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix, thus giving rise to the “third time’s a charm” line that he’ll finally make his team race debut at the third race of the season.
Wehrlein took himself out of action for the Australian Grand Prix after the Friday practice sessions, feeling his fitness wasn’t up to completing a full race distance.
The team then ruled him out in advance for the Chinese Grand Prix and potentially Bahrain, although Wehrlein said at the time he was hopeful of returning in Bahrain.
Ferrari reserve driver Antonio Giovinazzi filled in well at Melbourne but had a ragged weekend in Shanghai with two accidents, one in qualifying and one early in the race to bring out a Safety Car.
This will see the German driver back in action for what should, we think, finally, be in the second Sauber for the first time for a full weekend in 2017 following his Race of Champions crash and subsequent back injury sustained in January.
The Bahrain Grand Prix is live this weekend across CNBC, NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app.