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Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton to sit out first practice session at the French GP

Lewis Hamilton will be replaced by Mercedes-backed Nyck de Vries during the first practice session at the Circuit Paul Ricard.

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Mercedes have confirmed that Nyck de Vries will appear for the team in opening practice at this weekend's French Grand Prix.

De Vries will take over Lewis Hamilton's car for Friday's first hour of track action, as one of two mandated young driver sessions the team must complete this season.

The Dutch driver, 27, made an FP1 outing with Williams – in place of Nicholas Latifi – at the Spanish GP, but now gets an opportunity with the Silver Arrows.

"Nyck is replacing Lewis in first practice this weekend, as part of the allocated sessions for young drivers this year, so we're looking forward to seeing how he gets on," confirmed Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff.

De Vries, who has been a young driver with both McLaren and Mercedes, was crowned F2 champion back in 2019 before going on to win the Formula E title.

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