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Hamilton sits out Thursday F1 testing as electrical issues hit Mercedes

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Lewis Hamilton took no part in Thursday’s Formula 1 test running in Barcelona after an electrical issue forced Mercedes to miss most of the morning session.

Hamilton has split testing commitments with Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas this week, with each driver taking half a day behind the wheel.

Hamilton had been due to run in the morning when the track was wet, made so artificially to allow Pirelli to gain data for its compounds.

Mercedes confirmed that its running had been compromised by an electrical issue on the W08 EQ Power+ car, leading to the decision to bench Hamilton for the day.

The issue on the car was resolved to allow Bottas to get out later in the day, adding to Mercedes’ mammoth mileage racked up through the first three days of testing.

Hamilton will return to the track next week, with the second pre-season test at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya starting on March 7.

Video highlights from Stage 12 of Dakar Rally, 2 stages remain

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Thursday’s Stage 12 of the 40th Dakar Rally not only closed the overall standings gap in at least two classes (cars and trucks), two other classes (bikes and quads) failed to get going due to weather conditions.

The full video highlights of Stage 12 will air on NBCSN on Friday at 7 pm ET, but here are some of the highlights from Thursday’s action:

CARS

2018 Dakar Rally: Nasser Al-Attiyah wins Stage 12 of cars

BIKES

 Stage 12 cancelled due to weather conditions

 

TRUCKS

Ton van Genugten edged out Martin Kolomy in Stage of, while Federico Villagra and Eduard Nikolaev both faced an uphill battle to finish fourth and third respectively.

QUADS

Even though the Quads were also impacted by weather issues on Thursday, Ignacio Casale, the 2014 Dakar winner, continues to make his case for a second overall victory in the quads.