Lewis Hamilton back in action on Friday after illness


After being forced to cut short his running on Thursday in Barcelona due to a fever, Lewis Hamilton returned to the wheel of the Mercedes W06 Hybrid feeling slightly better and hungry to get back in the car.

The Briton completed just 11 laps on Thursday before withdrawing and handing the running over to Mercedes reserve driver Pascal Wehrlein, but made up the time today by taking over from Nico Rosberg in the afternoon session.

Hamilton finished the session in fifth place, just four-tenths of a second behind pace-setter Daniel Ricciardo despite using the medium-compound tire, which is thought to be one second per lap slower than the soft.

Speaking after the session, Hamilton admitted that he did not feel 100% just yet but was keen to get back in action.

“I’ve felt better but I miss driving so I wanted to get in the car,” Hamilton said. “It’s been good today to get out there and get some laps in. I’m not sure where we stand compared to the others.

“The first test was just about completing loads of laps and today was the same, so I’ve not really started dialing the car into how I’d like to perfect it. Quick laps are for Saturday in qualifying.

“But it feels good. Similar to last year but better. We’re just focused on our own job, getting lots and lots of miles on the car, proving everything out and making the most of the time we have before the season starts.”

Rosberg was subbed out in order to keep him fresh for his next run on Sunday, with the German driver also suffering a small strain on his neck due to a change in his driving position over the winter.

Hamilton will be back in action on Saturday in Barcelona before handing the W06 Hybrid over to Rosberg for the final day of running on Sunday.