The racer enjoyed his first F1 spin since being under lockdown from the end of February. His team mate, Valtteri Bottas also completed a test run in the 2018 championship winning Mercedes W09 car.
Mercedes made us of its well maintained fleet to practice newly created protocols. Teams are not allowed to carry out extensive testing on cars that are less than two years old.
Afterwards Hamilton said, “When you leave the garage the first time, you get this buzz, and it doesn’t matter how many years you do it, it always feels new and fresh. Obviously this is an older car, but it still felt fantastic. We got through a solid programme today. Valtteri’s day was dry, my day started of wet, so quite a greasy Silverstone track. But obviously I grew up in this kind of weather, so I’m used to it. I was still able to get a good feel of the car.”
He added, “I didn’t feel like I’ve ever left the water, so that’s a positive. I think every time you take a big break – I think it’s been 103 days or something – you always wonder whether you can still drive. So it’s a good feeling to know of course I can, I’m ready, I feel fit. I hope you guys are all well and excited for what’s coming up.”