2017 F1

Hamilton agrees to test on Thursday

Lewis Hamilton has agreed to help Pirelli with tyre testing later this week.

The triple world championship openly admits to disliking track testing, and often pulls out of scheduled sessions with injury or illness.

But after winning his second race on the trot last weekend and taking over the championship lead from Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, Hamilton has now leapt at the chance to test at Paul Ricard.

“I’ve got the test later this week which is very rare for me — I’m not a tester,” the Mercedes driver said.

“I’m looking forward to it. I offered to do it. So I’m looking forward to that — kind of.”

The test will take place on Thursday.

Hamilton goes top after Italian GP win

Hamilton took over as leader of the drivers’ world championship for the first time this season on Sunday when he claimed a victory at the Italian Grand Prix.

Having won in Belgium last race weekend, The Brit also became the first driver to score back-to-back victories this year. It was Mercedes’ third one-two this year and the team’s 39th overall. Hamilton now has 238 points ahead of Vettel on 235 and Bottas on 197 while in the constructors’ championship Mercedes lead with 435 to Ferrari on 373.

“I am so happy and the team did a great job — Mercedes power is definitely better than Ferrari power,” said Hamilton.

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