Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas will intensify their preparations for Formula 1’s return once they get behind the wheels of a Mercedes during a two-day test at Silverstone next week, the Mercedes team has confirmed.
Bottas will drive the 2018 Mercedes W09 next week Tuesday, with six-time world champion Hamilton taking to the wheels in the car on Wednesday “as the team practices protocols ahead of returning to racing in Austria next month”
F1’s regulations do not give room for official in-season testing of current cars, but Mercedes are able to rack up as much mileage as they need in older model cars.
Mercedes’ test was confirmed after Sky F1’s Martin Brundle and Anthony Davidson insisted drivers are certainly in for a “real shock” when F1 resumes next month, after such an extended period faraway from the wheel of motorsport’s fastest cars.
Stars like Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel, and Max Verstappen are set to return back racing again on July 5 in Austria when the delayed 2020 season starts.
The last time there has ever been a long absence between consecutive races in F1’s history was well over a century ago.
Hamilton admitted drivers would be “rusty as hell” once the game returns, while soon-to-be Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz recently stated it might take him a minimum of 10 laps to find the limit of the car again.