Lewis Hamilton’s Formula One title defence in jeopardy as Brit star has the lowest number of test laps than any other driver

LEWIS HAMILTON'S Formula One title defence has been wrecked by dangerous climate in Barcelona.

The world champion has accomplished simply 25 laps in his new Mercedes automotive over THREE days at the Circuit de Catalunya.

 Testing in Barcelona has been hampered by the Beast from the East

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Testing in Barcelona has been hampered by the Beast from the East

It’s the lowest complete of ANY F1 driver for the essential testing interval earlier than the season opener in Melbourne on March twenty fifth.

Hamilton might solely muster the 25 laps on Monday in damp circumstances the place he was unable to test his present automotive to its limits.

His second run in the automotive on Tuesday was scrapped as it was TOO COLD and his third was cancelled yesterday on account of snow.

And testing was delayed but once more on Wednesday as the Beast from the East coated the monitor in snow.

 Freezing temperatures mean Hamilton's second and third test run on Tuesday was also scrapped

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Freezing temperatures imply Hamilton's second and third test run on Tuesday was additionally scrapped
 Lewis Hamilton has had the lowest number of laps than any other F1 driver ahead of the season opener

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Lewis Hamilton has had the lowest number of laps than any other F1 driver forward of the season opener

F1 groups are restricted to solely eight days of testing, which means the Brit solely has 4 days subsequent week — which will probably be cut up together with his Mercedes teammate, Valtteri Bottas.

Against this, the Finn has racked up 152 laps in the automotive — the equal of three race distances.

And the 28-yr-previous feels his additional time in the automotive might give him a bonus over his staff-mate.

He stated: "The miles in these circumstances are much less priceless than correct miles in correct circumstances, however I’ll take it.

"I like to drive as a lot as attainable and I undoubtedly have a greater understanding [than Lewis] as a result of of the mileage.

 Daniel Ricciardo managed to test the tyres in the brutal conditions in Barcelona

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Daniel Ricciardo managed to test the tyres in the brutal circumstances in Barcelona

"I’ve discovered the best way to get warmth into the tyres which is usually a profit.

"I’ve discovered about the new automotive and its common behaviour, however we nonetheless want higher circumstances to unlock every thing and actually push the limits."

Bottas joined the workforce 14 months in the past following the shock announcement from Nico Rosberg that he was retiring.

And now with a season beneath his belt, The Finn, who gained three races final season, is assured he can put up extra of a battle to Hamilton.

 Hamilton's Mercedes partner Valtteri Bottas as racked up 152 laps in the car

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Hamilton's Mercedes associate Valtteri Bottas as racked up 152 laps in the automotive
 Lewis Hamilton has only mustered 25 laps over three days at the Circuit de Catalunya

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Lewis Hamilton has solely mustered 25 laps over three days at the Circuit de Catalunya
 Four-time world champ Lewis Hamilton could be rusty ahead of the opener on March 25

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4-time world champ Lewis Hamilton could possibly be rusty forward of the opener on March 25

He added: "Final yr I didn’t carry out on the degree I ought to have and I discovered rather a lot from that.

"My common races, or good races, we need to make higher and higher so I’m focussing on my weaknesses, and that’s all the time the greatest strategy to go.

"Each driver has weaknesses, however somewhat than focus an excessive amount of on Lewis I’m going to spend my power and concentrate on myself and my efficiency on monitor.

"If I carry out on the degree I’m aiming for at each single race I hope that may do the job. I’m not going to start out losing my power on any video games."

LEWIS HAMILTON'S Formula One title defence has been wrecked by dangerous climate in Barcelona.

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