Lewis Hamilton spotted testing new tail lights in Barcelona

  • Jack Figg
Spanish F1 Grand Prix

Mercedes have run an experimental test on new tail lights in Barcelona following a request from the FIA.

It has been revealed the FIA requested Mercedes to run a safety test to experiment whether the new lights improve visibility for the drivers.

Current drivers' championship leader Lewis Hamilton, who recently edged further ahead of Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel with back-to-back victories, was pictured trying out the new system around the Catalunya circuit.

“Many teams use in-season tests to run experimental parts with an eye on their future cars," it was explained on the official Formula 1 website. "But they also provide an opportunity to test safety devices – and that’s what Mercedes have been doing on Tuesday, at the request of governing body the FIA.

“When Lewis Hamilton pulled out of the garage on Tuesday, he did so in a Mercedes that sported a rear wing featuring two vertical red lights in the endplates."

“It has emerged the FIA asked the team to run the new lights, which are in addition to the central rear light the cars already have, as they look to improve visibility for following drivers in wet conditions.”

Moreover, the article included reasons as to why the additional lights will not be implemented until next season.

“Article 22.12 of the sporting regulations currently states that the car’s rear light must be illuminated at all times when it is running on intermediate or wet-weather tyres.

“While the warm and sunny conditions at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on Tuesday weren’t ideal for testing the device, information on its functionality could still be gathered.

“Should the FIA decide to push on with additional lights, they would not be introduced until next season at the earliest.”

F1 action returns in two weeks as Hamilton will turn his attention to the Monte Carlo GP with the Brit looking to improve on his three career wins at the Monaco Grand Prix.

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