Hamilton concerned by Mercedes absence from Silverstone test

Lewis HamiltonLewis Hamilton believes rivals will head to the Hungarian Grand Prix with an unfair advantage after Mercedes were banned from partaking in the upcoming young driver test.

The Silver Arrows were dealt the punishment after being found guilty of illegally fielding its 2013 car in a ‘secret’ three-day tyre test following May’s Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona.

However, Pirelli’s intention to introduce new tyres from the race in Budapest at the end of the month has seen the young driver test expand into a potentially pivotal event in terms of the 2013 world championship, with teams granted permission to field their race drivers at Silverstone as a means of gaining familiarity with the new rubber.

Hamilton, who has yet to win a grand prix this season, believes Mercedes’ exclusion from the Young Driver Test may significantly hinder the Brackley-based outfit’s competitiveness in the second half of the season.

The 2008 world champion told AUTOSPORT: “I don’t know if people fully appreciate how big a negative it is for us not doing the test.

“We’re going to go to Hungary when other people have run different ride heights and tested different pressures, and got their car ready for a long run.

“We won’t have any of that information, so we’re going to go into it blind.

“We shouldn’t be in this position in the sport but that’s the way it is.

“I’m not saying I’m hard done by.

“I’m just saying in a sport everything should just be equal, you shouldn’t be going to races like that. But that’s the way it is.”

Although the source claims Mercedes have made enquiries about being permitted to take at least some part in the Silverstone test, AUTOSPORT suggests ‘such a go-ahead is believed to be unlikely.’

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