Sebastian Vettel to be replaced at Italian GP practice by Lewis Hamilton back-up driver

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“His achievements show that he clearly deserves a shot at Formula One – and, hopefully, this opportunity to get behind the wheel of the AMR22 will allow him to showcase his abilities to the wider world.”

When De Vries drove for Mercedes instead of Hamilton, he revealed afterwards that he was not “entirely happy” with his session. He posted a best time of 1m35.426s on his way to finishing the session in ninth. 

The Dutchman said afterwards: “I felt like we had a good session. I felt like we were fairly quick on the pace. The grip is high here so it gives you a lot of confidence to push. 

“I wasn’t entirely satisfied with my soft tyre run because on my second lap I made a few mistakes and then we didn’t do two consecutive. Nevertheless, it was a good session. We managed to do good work for the team to get a little bit more learning on the things they have brought for this weekend, so generally I think it was a good session.”

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