Hamilton completes 2018 Pirelli tire test at Paul Ricard

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Just four days after becoming Formula 1’s first back-to-back winner in 2017 and taking the lead of the drivers’ championship for the first time, Lewis Hamilton was back behind the wheel of his Mercedes W08 to take part in a Pirelli tire test at Paul Ricard.

As part of an extensive testing program for next year’s tires that features all 10 teams, Mercedes kicked off two days’ worth of running at Paul Ricard on Thursday.

Not known for being a prolific voluntary tester, Hamilton flew into Paul Ricard in the morning by helicopter before completing a series of runs on Pirelli’s prototype tires.

Hamilton completed 114 laps in total at Paul Ricard, with the circuit confirmed to be joining next year’s F1 calendar when the French Grand Prix returns.

Hamilton will hand over testing duties to Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas on Friday.