Cape Town - With
rumours of a split garage at Mercedes, the speculation seems unlikely
now as Lewis Hamilton reported for Pirelli 2017 tyre testing in Abu
Dhabi, alongside Ferrari and Red Bull.
Silver Arrow development driver Pascal Wehrlein was in line to test
the tyres in the morning session but was replaced by Hamilton, resulting
in the German taking over the afternoon duties.
However, as testing went on, Hamilton pulled out of the session due
to feeling unwell just two days after his Championship fight with
Hamilton came under fire at Mercedes for disobeying team orders after
he tried to slow down 2016 Champion Nico Rosberg at Sunday's Abu Dhabi
Grand Prix, with Toto Wolff saying that the matter will be dealt with
Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen and Red Bull duo Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen are also involed in the testing.
The 2017 tyres are said to be unmarked but will vary between ultrasofts, supersofts and softs.