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Mercedes will run both Hamilton, Bottas every day this week

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As was the plan last week, with the exception of Thursday for the designated wet day of running, Mercedes AMG Petronas will run both Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas on all four days of this week’sΒ second test at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

Hamilton will start the first session on Tuesday before Bottas takes over in the afternoon. The order swaps on Wednesday with Bottas first, then Hamilton.

The Tuesday order will be mirrored on Thursday and the Wednesday order on Friday, with Hamilton finishing out the week’s running.

Mercedes’ pair led the field in laps and miles completed last week as they look to conclude another promising preseason test. Bottas ran all four days last week, the only driver in the field to do so, and would be on course to be the only driver with all eight days of running prior to the Australian Grand Prix provided he runs all four this week without hiccups.

Hamilton, Red Bull teammates both go to NASA before USGP

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One of the more intriguing United States Grand Prix adventures occurred on Wednesday, as both Lewis Hamilton and the pair of Red Bull Racing teammates, Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen, all went to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston – in separate sessions – before heading onto Austin.

Hamilton posted on his Instagram story on Wednesday that he’d “quit his day job in a second” to work at NASA and become an astronaut, and the unbridled enthusiasm spoke to the three-time Formula 1 World Champion’s love of different life aspects entirely outside of racing.

“(I) had an incredible day yesterday, having a bit of a comedown today,” Hamilton said today at the FIA Press Conference. “I was just buzzed all day yesterday because it’s always been something I’ve wanted to do. It’s always something I’ve been fascinated about, space and space travel particularly.

“So to actually go there… and I had a million questions. I’m sure the guy got fed up with me. I asked a lot of questions and I got to see a lot of great things, some of the new technology they are working on and yeah, I want to go back.”

The Mercedes AMG Petronas team posted a gallery of Hamilton’s adventure on its website, linked here, and a few samples are below.

As for the Red Bull pair, the young duo of Ricciardo and Verstappen were equally awestruck by the experience.

“There really are a lot of similarities between this and F1, just the technology alone,” Ricciardo said. “I had a guest come to a race last year, when they got into the garage they were like: ‘this is like a space station’. We went to mission control here and it’s really like what we have in the Ops Room in Milton Keynes. Even the safety technology is similar. The astronauts go through the same measurements, a similar kind of HANS device etc. It’s really cool.”

Verstappen added,Β “There are quite a lot of comparisons, if you really want to talk about it we could go on for an hour! The control center looks pretty similar to ours. We share a lot of the same technology. It was really interesting for us to see that and I bet it would be the same if they could see ours.”

Here’s a link to Red Bull’s galleryΒ and some teaser shots below.