Tuesday has been a busy day for Mercedes AMG Petronas, with a mix of tire testing and celebrating its third straight driver’s World Championship.
Just two days after Nico Rosberg beat him to the 2016 Formula 1 World Championship, Lewis Hamilton returned to the cockpit of the Mercedes as part of Pirelli’s final day of 2017 tire testing at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.
Problem was, while Hamilton was scheduled to do the whole day, Mercedes reserve driver Pascal Wehrlein wound up taking over later in the day once Hamilton completed the early runs.
The German, who raced for Manor this season and is yet to finalize where he’ll be racing in 2017, was on standby and took over once Hamilton felt unwell, Mercedes confirmed.
Photos from that test are below:
Meanwhile, with Hamilton and Wehrlein on test duties, Rosberg joined more of his team in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, home of Mercedes title sponsor Petronas, for championship celebration there.
Lest Malaysia be the only site of celebrating, you can see it back at Mercedes’ team headquarters too – Brackley and Brixworth.