Valtteri Bottas is setting his sights on a return to action for the Malaysian Grand Prix after being forced to skip the Australian season opener with a back injury.

The Finn was hospitalised after complaining of back pain during qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix, with doctors later confirming a small tear in the annular part of the disc in his lower back.

Forcing him to miss the race, despite having soldiered on in qualifying to go sixth, Bottas remains confident that he will be back in the car for the second round in Sepang later this month.

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"I have done a lot of work since the issue with my back came in qualifying to get myself ready, starting treatment immediately, so the news that I couldn't race was obviously disappointing but I respect the decision.

"I now have two weeks until the next race to receive further treatment to ensure I will be back to full fitness and even stronger in Malaysia. I'm very eager to get back in the car and race because the FW37 is looking competitive and I'm confident we can fight for podiums."

Bottas's team-mate Felipe Massa went on to finish the season opener in fourth place.