Hamilton will not drive in Mugello test
27 April 2012 – McLaren has confirmed to GPUpdate.net that, as originally planned, only reserve drivers Oliver Turvey and Gary Paffett will be driving in next week’s Mugello test session. This dispels any chance of Lewis Hamilton being on-track, after the 2008 World Champion hinted that he may be travelling to Italy.
Following the Bahrain Grand Prix, Hamilton admitted that he and team-mate Jenson Button could attend the test after all.
“It might change,” he said. “I need to get back in the car. We need to figure out why the tyres are going off. If there are other things to test or ways to figure out I will be the one to do it, not let someone else do it. We have a lot of work to do. There is no quick fix. We really have to make some big improvements to the car because the qualifying pace is there but the race pace, at least today (Sunday), was miles off.”
However, the team’s line-up confirmation verifies that Hamilton will not drive.
McLaren’s Mugello line-up is as follows:
Tuesday morning: Oliver Turvey
Tuesday afternoon: Gary Paffett
Wednesday: Gary Paffett
Thursday: Oliver Turvey
The session will run between Tuesday and Thursday of next week, with the cars on-track from 9am and 1pm local time (BST +2) and also between 2pm and 6pm. All of the action can be tracked through the GPUpdate.net Live Test Report.