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Pascal Wehrlein wasted little time in making an impression at Sauber, scoring its best Formula 1 qualifying result since the 2015 Brazilian Grand Prix upon his return from injury in Bahrain on Saturday night.

Wehrlein missed the opening two races of the season due to a lack of fitness after injuring his back and neck in an accident at the Race of Champions in January.

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During his first qualifying with Sauber following his winter move from Manor, Wehrlein charged to 13th place in Q2, marking the team's best Saturday result since the 2015 Brazilian Grand Prix, much to the German's surprise.

"It was definitely more than I was expecting," Wehrlein admitted. "Really happy about the result. It was the best possible answer I could give today on-track, and just really happy about everything.

"With the time of course in the car I was lacking, also the experience with the team, to come back like this and reach more than what we could have expected is great."

The result was made all the more impressive given Sauber is racing with a 2016-spec Ferrari engine, putting it down on power compared to its rivals, but Wehrlein thinks this will be more of an issue in the race.

"I don't really know what to expect from tomorrow because I never did a race distance in this car," Wehrlein said. "Of course it will be a tough race, the midfield is so close together. I think we will struggle a bit more tomorrow in terms of engine performance. The effect is a bit bigger in the race than in qualifying, but that's how it is.

"I think still we are doing a very good job on the engine side because we are improving maps and everything like this. The engine feels quite nice to drive. That is very good. I will try my best tomorrow and keep looking after my tyres because tyre degradation is quite high here because of the temperature. Let's see where we finish."

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