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  • The Brit, 18, finished seventh at the Saudi Arabian GP after stepping in for Sainz
  • Ferrari have confirmed Sainz will return but Spaniard still might not race 

British star Oliver Bearman could race again this weekend after Ferrari team-mate Carlos Sainz revealed he would not take part in the Australian Grand Prix if he feels unwell during Friday’s practice.

Bearman produced a stunning display on his F1 debut after the Brit, 18, replaced Sainz at the Saudi Arabian GP two weeks ago following the Spaniard’s withdrawal due to appendicitis.

Sainz has returned for this weekend’s race in Melbourne following successful surgery but admitted he may be forced to withdraw if he ‘doesn’t feel good’ when he takes to the track on Friday.

‘First of all, just by seeing me move and the exercises that I’m doing in the gym, everything this tells me I’m fit to jump in the car tomorrow and try,’ he said.

‘But obviously, I’m not stupid, and if I don’t feel good tomorrow, I will be the first one to raise my hand and say that I need another two weeks until the next race (the Japanese Grand Prix).

Oliver Bearman could race again for Ferrari at Australian GP after stunning F1 debut in Saudi Arabia as Carlos Sainz admits he won’t take part if he ‘doesn’t feel good’ in practice following surgery

Oliver Bearman could be back in the Ferrari car if Carlos Sainz does not come through practice

Sainz has returned after successful surgery on his appendix ruled him out of the Saudi GP

Sainz has returned after successful surgery on his appendix ruled him out of the Saudi GP

‘This together with the FIA is also the plan that we have in place. I have another check with the FIA tomorrow, and they are monitoring my progress.

‘And I’m the first one that doesn’t want to be in pain, to suffer, or to make it any worse. I’m not stupid and I will be very clear with how I’m feeling and everything.

‘On top of that, I wouldn’t have jumped in the car in Jeddah on Thursday if it wasn’t possible. I did 26 laps because I could, not because I was in pain. Yes it wasn’t an easy 26 laps per session but I could get them done.’ 

Bearman was one of the stars of the Saudi GP in Jeddah, finishing 11th in qualifying before storming to a seventh-place finish in the race.

The 18-year-old from Essex will return to the sidelines in Melbourne should Sainz be fit enough to take part.

Pictures on Thursday showed Sainz being refitted for his seat after it was used by Bearman.

‘It’s not a nice feeling obviously not being able to race, especially after such a strong start to the season, seeing how competitive the car was in Jeddah again – thinking and doing the calculations of how many points you lost!’ Sainz added.

Sainz was pictured back in the Ferrari car on Thursday ahead of this weekend's Aussie GP

Sainz was pictured back in the Ferrari car on Thursday ahead of this weekend’s Aussie GP

‘Then with the next race thinking you’re not going to be able to go in the simulator and prepare or train for 14 days. It’s not ideal.

‘Ollie? Really, really good job. I agree with Charles (Leclerc) that it’s also thanks to the way these drivers are prepared nowadays with the amount of simulator time and the amount of testing that we do with the old cars.

‘It’s also possible to do what he did thanks to that, but under pressure with only FP3, he got things done really well and did great.’

Practice in Melbourne is scheduled for Friday, with qualifying set for Saturday and the race itself on Sunday. 

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