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Hamilton claims FIA hearing 'first I've heard' of tyre row

ESPN Staff
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Lewis Hamilton prepares to explain his position to the media © Getty Images

Lewis Hamilton said he will not attended the hearing into the Mercedes tyre test and rather surprisingly claimed he had not been following the news story in the last fortnight.

"This [the FIA calling the tribunal] is the first I've heard about it," he said. "I've not been reading about it or anything."

As to the hearing itself, he said he had "been there, done it before with McLaren" at the time of the Spygate hearings, adding: "I don't think I need to be involved in that area. I remember going the last time. Although I don't remember much of what exactly happened, I know it wasn't a good period of time. I just remember the good times.

"I'm not focused on it. I'm focused on trying to get myself ready for this grand prix. As far as I'm concerned it's not a distraction for the team. The important people in the team are dealing with it in the appropriate way, and I'm just hungry to win."

Meanwhile, Nico Rosberg said he and Hamilton did the tyre test for Pirelli because it is more representative for the tyre manufacturer. Asked why reserve driver Sam Bird was not involved, Rosberg said it was due to the more accurate data he and Hamilton could provide for Pirelli.

"I don't know, that was what the team decided," Rosberg said. "I think also for Pirelli it's better if we're in the car because it's more representative. Sam doesn't drive much so for sure he wouldn't be able to go on our pace and bring the Pirelli's through the laps exactly as we would.

"We had the experience of the grand prix that weekend also, so definitely for Pirelli it's an advantage to have us in the car I would say."

When he was asked about allegations that he and Hamilton were wearing anonymous helmets during the test, Rosberg declined to comment.