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Lewis Hamilton said he is drawing no conclusions over the performance of Mercedes or their rivals at the end of the first rest for the 2022 Formula 1 season.

“You never do [know] on the first week,” said Hamilton after ending the third day of practice on top. “We have no idea where everyone is.”

Although Mercedes ended the test with the fastest time of all, having covered more laps than any team bar Ferrari, Hamilton said it hadn’t been an entirely straightforward three days with their new W13 chassis.

“It’s been an interesting few days. Not been the easiest or the most smooth running, we’ve definitely got some obstacles to overcome.

“Of course we’d always want some more laps but I’m happy with today’s. I think I almost got 100 laps in today so for a half day of running that’s not too bad. A little bit behind on the last two days.

“The car’s a lot different to previous years to drive, as are the tyres, but we’re working our way through it.”

Hamilton drove the car in the afternoon after the track was doused with water to give teams their first opportunity this year to test Pirelli’s wet weather tyres. He said the car felt better once the track dried out.

“It was a damn site better than earlier on than when it was damp, it wasn’t good to start the session with all that wet running. But the car definitely was feeling better with fresher tyres and it’s good to get a good feel for the different compounds.”

“The whole team has done an amazing job this week,” he added. “The men and women back at the factory have done an awesome job. So we just need to download all this data and just get through it as much as we can next week and just try to put one foot in front of the other.”

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