Hamilton optimistic, despite no running on day four of testing

by Rachel Hack

Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team driver Lewis Hamilton was forced to sit out the final day of testing, following electrical issues with the F1 W08 EQ Power+, which kept the Brit in the garage for the entire morning.

That early set back was soon forgotten however, when teammate Valtteri Bottas was able to get out on track in the final hour before lunch, ahead of his scheduled afternoon run, before going on to complete a solid 68 laps for the German team by the end of the day.

Hamilton had joked to media on Wednesday evening that he was not looking forward to completing the wet running that had been arranged for day four of the Barcelona test programme, and would maybe feign injury so he could sit it out.

“I heard it’s wet tomorrow, something like that, not particularly looking forward to that. I drove some demonstration wet tyres at Silverstone and they didn’t feel great.

“And I’m out first unfortunately – I might fake a pulled muscle in the morning and let Valtteri do it!”

It looks like his prayers may have been answered in the form of a an electrical fault, which the Brackley based team confirmed made it impossible for the Brit to take to the track on Thursday.

The Brit got on Twitter shortly afterwards to say now much of a shame it was that he could not take part in today’s session, but was looking forward to getting back into the new car for more action next week.



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