Lewis Hamilton misses first chance to test 2017 Pirelli F1 tyres due to sore foot
Lewis Hamilton will not drive in the Mercedes 2017 Formula 1 tyre test at Barcelona today as he rests a sore foot ahead of the US Grand Prix next w...
Lewis Hamilton will not drive in the Mercedes 2017 Formula 1 tyre test at Barcelona today as he rests a sore foot ahead of the US Grand Prix next week.
The world champion had been due to drive the Mercedes W05, which has been modified to simulate the expected increase in downforce levels for 2017, yesterday, but the injury meant his teammate and championship rival Nico Rosberg replaced him.
Mercedes has slotted in its junior driver and Manor racer Pascal Wehrlein to conduct its final day of running in place of Hamilton at the Circuit de Catalunya-Barcelona.
A team spokesperson said: "Lewis had some discomfort in his foot after training on Tuesday.
"It was agreed he wouldn't test so he could rest it and get physio to be in good shape for Austin, which he will be."
Hamilton is yet to sample the 2017 development rubber, which is being tested by Mercedes, Red Bull and Ferrari. He also did not take part in the in-season test that took place after the Spanish Grand Prix - where the two Mercedes drivers collided on the first lap - as the Brackley-based team ran Rosberg and Esteban Ocon over the course of the two days.
The Scuderia has given its race drivers Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen time to try the new tyres while Red Bull trusted its first test to former Toro Rosso F1 driver and reigning Formula E champion Sebastien Buemi.
Wehrlein drove for Mercedes during its testing at Paul Ricard last month and Rosberg was given a first taste of the new tyres yesterday. The championship leader completed 60 laps – the majority of which took place in the morning as rain disrupted his running in the afternoon.
A Pirelli statement explained that the cold and wet conditions during Rosberg’s test day had hampered its ability to gather representative data and the Italian company is pushing for a warm weather test in Bahrain during pre-season running ahead of next season.
"Unfortunately, cool temperatures in the morning and the rain in the afternoon hindered the work that was done today, making it difficult to obtain representative tyre data," read the statement.
After today, Red Bull will conduct two tests at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi where Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen may get their first chance to try the new rubber as team boss Christian Horner believes that his race drivers will benefit from trying the tyres at a later stage of their development.
After those two tests, all three teams will take part in a final joint day of running after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, which represents the last chance for Hamilton to try the development tyres and get the similar head start his rivals have enjoyed before winter testing on the new-for-2017 F1 cars takes place next year.What do you make of the news that Hamilton will sit out his 2017 tyre test? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below or head over to the JAonF1 Facebook page for more discussion.
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