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Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas will start their preparations for Formula 1’s return when they get behind the wheel of a Mercedes during a two-day test at Silverstone next week.
Bottas will drive the 2018 Mercedes W09 on Tuesday next week, while six-time world champion Hamilton in the car on Wednesday “as the team practises protocols ahead of returning to racing in Austria next month”.
F1’s regulations do not allow for official in-season testing of current cars. Mercedes’ test was confirmed after Sky F1’s Martin Brundle and Anthony Davidson insisted drivers are in for a “real shock” when F1 returns next month.