Wehrlein ‘will race on Sunday’

Date published: April 15 2017

Having put in the laps in Friday’s practices at the Sakhir circuit, Pascal Wehrlein has confirmed that he will race on Sunday as pain-wise, it is “a lot better.”

Wehrlein missed the opening two grands prix of this season, Australia and China, after suffering compression fractures when he crashed at the Race of Champions.

The German, though, returned to the cockpit of a Formula 1 car on Friday in Bahrian, covering 52 laps before declaring himself fit to race.

“[I’m really happy to get some laps in today,” he said. “Great feeling.

“Didn’t drive a lot this year so great to be back and really looking forward to now to tomorrow.

“We improved the car from FP1 to FP2, and getting more used to the car.

“Just really happy with the day. It felt a lot better than in Melbourne.

“Pain-wise, a lot better. Also strength-wise, a lot better.

“I can confirm that I will race on Sunday, and yeah, looking forward to it.”