Mercedes confirm Lewis Hamilton's replacement for Abu Dhabi practice
Mercedes confirm Formula 2 driver as Lewis Hamilton’s replacement for the Abu Dhabi practice, with British legend set to sit out session as part of law introduced last year
- Mercedes have confirmed that Frederik Vesti will race in Lewis Hamilton’s car
- It comes after Formula One introduced a rule regarding rookie involvement
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Mercedes have confirmed that Frederik Vesti will replace Lewis Hamilton in the first practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
The decision follows on from a rule introduced last year which dictates that each team must run a rookie in two practice sessions across the season.
With that in mind, a number of youngsters are set to feature on the track in Abu Dhabi, given that it is the season finale.
Vesti, 21, previously participated in FP1 in Mexico last month in place of Hamilton’s Mercedes team-mate, George Russell.
Speaking to the Mercedes website, Vesti said: ‘Driving in FP1 in Abu Dhabi is another step in my career. Getting my first experience of an official session on an F1 weekend in Mexico was a big moment.
Mercedes have confirmed that Frederik Vesti will replace Lewis Hamilton in the first practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Hamilton will sit out the practice session following a rule introduction that teams must run rookies in in two practice sessions across the season
‘I learnt so much, and it was great being able to support the team and work with Lewis and George. I’m looking forward to building on that experience at Yas Marina.
‘It’s a track I know well and that will no doubt make it easier to get up to speed in the one hour of practice.
‘I’m extremely excited to get back behind-the-wheel of the W14 for FP1 and then the post-season test. Once again, I want to say a big thank you to the team for giving me this opportunity.’
The 21-year-old has been featuring for Prema Racing this season in Formula 2 and currently sits second in the standings following a strong year.
The Danish driver has taken five victories and three other podium finishes so far this season, ahead of the final round of 2023.
Heading into the final event of the F1 season, there is still a lot up for grabs for Mercedes, despite the title being won by Red Bull long ago.
Currently, there are only four points separating Mercedes and Ferrari in the battle for P2 in the constructors’ standings.
Hamilton and Russell currently sit third and eighth respectively in the drivers’ standings.
Vesti participated in first practice in Mexico last month in place of Hamilton’s Mercedes team-mate, George Russell
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