sport news Lewis Hamilton finally returns to the F1 track in Thursday testing

Lewis Hamilton has endured a difficult couple of days in pre-season testing - Mercedes kept him out the car on Tuesday to give Valtteri Bottas a full shot. 

On Wednesday, extraordinary snowfall prevented him from getting in a full lap time, leaving the F1 world champion short on crucial practice time. 

He returned with a vengeance on Thursday however, setting the quickest time of anyone around the Circuit de Catalunya at one stage.

Lewis Hamilton has endured a difficult couple of days in pre-season testing in Barcelona

Lewis Hamilton has endured a difficult couple of days in pre-season testing in Barcelona

He returned with a vengeance on Thursday however, setting the quickest time of anyone

He returned with a vengeance on Thursday however, setting the quickest time of anyone

Hamilton recorded a 1:19.333, bettering the time of McLaren's Stoffel Vandoorne

Hamilton recorded a 1:19.333, bettering the time of McLaren's Stoffel Vandoorne

After the morning's racing took place in the wet, following Wednesday's blizzard, the Barcelona circuit began to dry later, allowing driving in the slick and medium tyres.

Hamilton recorded a 1:19.333,

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