Sauber will draft in their reserve driver Antonio Giovinazzi again this weekend for the Chinese Grand Prix, as Pascal Wehrlein sits out due to his recovery.
Wehrlein said that it is also a possibility that he could miss Bahrain, as he looks to be in peak physical condition for the Russian Grand Prix at the end of the month.
“For me the most important is that I can train intensively to ensure a 100% performance from my side as soon as possible,” he said. “I will then be well-prepared for my first complete Grand Prix weekend for the Sauber F1 Team. Hopefully this can be in Bahrain but, if not, then we will take the time it needs until Russia to make sure I am completely ready.”
Wehrlein is still getting into physical shape after spending most of January and February recovering from a nasty shunt during this years Race of Champions. He did take part in pre-season testing, but only did a few limited runs before handing back over to team mate Marcus Ericsson.
Handily for Sauber, Wehrlein will have a chance to test the car after the Bahrain Grand Prix where there will be two days of in-season testing.
Meanwhile after a strong debut in Australia where he finished in 12th place and nearly got the team into Q2 during qualifying, Giovinazzi will once again have an opportunity to show off his talent after being the runner up in last years Formula 2 (formally GP2) season.