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Hamilton may take part in Mugello test

ESPNF1 Staff
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Lewis Hamilton: "We need to figure out why the tyres are going off" © Getty Images

Lewis Hamilton is tempted to take part in the upcoming Mugello test in order to solve some of the problems with his McLaren.

Test drivers Gary Paffett and Oliver Turvey are scheduled to drive the MP4-27 at the three day test from May 1 to May 3, but Hamilton is keen to pull rank and use the track time himself.

"It might change," he was quoted by the Daily Telegraph. "I need to get back in the car. We need to figure out why the tyres are going off. If there are other things to test or ways to figure out I will be the one to do it, not let someone else do it."

Hamilton has qualified in the top two at every race this season, but has not finished higher than third through a mixture of bad luck and tyre degradation. He said McLaren would now go "back to the drawing board" in the break ahead of the next grand prix in Spain.

"I think for us we need that gap," Hamilton added. "We have a lot of work to do. There is no quick fix. We really have to make some big improvements to the car because the qualifying pace is there but the race pace, at least today, was miles off."