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Hamilton ruled out of Silverstone test

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18/05/2016

Lewis Hamilton will not be allowed to take part in the post-British GP test at Silverstone in July.

This follows Mercedes late decision this morning to put Pascal Wehrlein in its car at Barcelona instead of Esteban Ocon, who has yet to drive a Mercedes F1 car.

Mercedes claim that they needed a driver with experience of the car in order to test a number of updates on the F1 W07 Hybrid.

However, the testing regulations state that "each team must allocate at least two of the in-season test days for young driver training tests. No driver who has competed in more than two F1 World Championship races may take part in such tests".

Consequently, both days at Silverstone will see Mercedes need to field a young driver, which will probably mean Ocon getting two days in the car.

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1. Posted by Jonno, 18/05/2016 21:04

"Have Mercedes used this week's testing to fix the start/clutch issue that has caused Hamilton problems at every race this year? If not, we will have a very large clue as which driver they are backing this year.
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2. Posted by Tweek, 18/05/2016 16:05

"I imagin a caricature of Hamilton wearing a dunce cap sitting on the wall next to Toto watching Rosberg drive past.
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