Hamilton has not confirmed whether he will race on the new tyres when they are introduced, as his current Mercedes contract expires at the end of this year.
He has previously expressed concerns that F1’s switch to 18-inch rubber could prove a step backwards. “When we go to the bigger rim, I’ve heard we lose grip when we go to that tyre,” he said last year.
“I think what we actually really need in Formula 1 is slightly less downforce and more mechanical grip and a lot of that comes from the tyres so that we can follow closer. But it doesn’t seem that we’re going in that direction.”
His team mate Valtteri Bottas is due to take over at the track tomorrow.
Mercedes will conduct further wet tyre testing with the 18-inch prototypes at Paul Ricard in May, followed by another dry-track test at the Hungaroring in August. Nine of F1’s 10 teams – all bar Williams – are conducting tests on the new rubber.
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