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Lewis Hamilton pulls out of tyre test due to foot injury

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Lewis Hamilton has made headlines again this week after pulling out of a tyre testing session for Pirelli in Barcelona at the Circuit de Catalunya on Wednesday.

The decision was made following the aggravation of a foot problem which happened during a training session on the Tuesday.

Instead, title rival and teammate Nico Rosberg [who was scheduled to test on Thursday] took to the driving seat in Hamilton's place.

In a video featured in a Sky Sports article on the subject, you can see Hamilton limping around as he signs autographs for fans, and plays a practical joke on a Sky Sports employee.

Hamilton pulled out of the test session to rest the foot in time for the upcoming U.S. Grand Prix, which is being held at The Circuit of The Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas.

Practice session one for the U.S. Grand Prix kicks off at 10:00 local time on Friday 21 October, with the race then starting at 14:00 on Sunday 23.

Hamilton has featured quite heavily in the media in recent weeks, with much of the talk being focused on the belief that he is starting to display signs that he is feeling the pressure, and there has even been suggestions of a possible 'meltdown' due to the close rivalry with his Mercedes teammate [Nico Rosberg] who he is currently trailing in the driver's championship.

The first real signs of tensions arose between the two Mercedes drivers came when Red Bull Racing's Daniel Ricciardo spoke of him sensing an 'awkwardness' developing between them.

Fuel was added to that fire when Hamilton stormed out of a driver's press conference in the run-up to the Japanese Grand Prix, having refused to answer a single question due to receiving criticism in the media in the days prior as a result of him uploading video's to social media during a previous press conference.

However, in the case of the sore foot, it is more than understandable that the British racing icon is wanting to make sure he is in the best possible shape for the upcoming U.S. Grand Prix.

The title is still well within reach for Hamilton. He is currently trailing Rosberg in the championship by just 33-points, and with four more Grand Prix's to race before the end of the season, he still has everything to fight for.

Hamilton has not won since the German Grand Prix on 31st of July, while his teammate has won four of the last five Grand Prix's since that time.

The only other driver to win a Grand Prix since Hamilton's triumph in Germany is Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo, who won in Malasia.

Hamilton has placed 3rd in two out of the last three races, collecting 30 championship points. 

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