Lewis Hamilton throws back to first official F1 test, 10 years ago this week

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This week, Lewis Hamilton is probably enjoying some down time before the next Formula 1 race in Malaysia, plotting his next move in the fight for his fourth world championship after losing the lead to Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg in Singapore.

Wind back 10 years to this very week, and things were very different indeed for Hamilton.

Then just 21 years old and less than two weeks after beating Nelson Piquet Jr. to the GP2 Series title, Hamilton got his first run in an official F1 test with McLaren at Silverstone over three days of running.

Hamilton had previously taken part in a private McLaren test at Silverstone in December 2004, completing 21 laps behind the wheel of the MP4-19 car.

The Briton got his first opportunity to impress against other F1 hopefuls on September 19, 2006, completing nine laps in total on his first day.

Hamilton managed a further 111 laps over the next two days, posting a fastest lap of 1:20.158 around Silverstone’s grand prix circuit to finish the test as the sixth-fastest driver.

Hamilton enjoyed a further test in October 2006, having already been informed he would be getting a drive for 2007 not long after the Silverstone running, and was ultimately confirmed as Fernando Alonso’s teammate on November 24.

Since then, Hamilton has claimed 49 grand prix victories, 56 pole positions and three world championships, but he took a second today on Twitter to remember where it all began.