Williams Martini Racing has confirmed Valtteri Bottas will return to the cockpit at the Malaysian Grand Prix this weekend after being passed fit by the FIA medical team.

The Finn was forced to miss the Australian Grand Prix season opener after hurting his back during qualifying for the Melbourne event and remained a doubt to compete in Sepang pending a check-up by FIA doctors in Malaysia.

With doctors satisfied by the way his injury is healing, Bottas will be back in the car for Friday practice at Sepang alongside Felipe Massa.

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"Following the injury that Valtteri sustained to his lower back during qualifying for the Australian GP, he has been with a leading physiotherapist who has been working with Valtteri and his trainer to make sure he received the best treatment possible ahead of this weekend's race," read a team statement.

"The team has always been fully supportive of Valtteri and his determination to return to the cockpit and following final approval by the FIA medical team in Malaysia today, we are pleased to confirm that Valtteri will be back in the FW37 this weekend for the Malaysian Grand Prix."