Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull provided modified 2015 cars designed to simulate the performance of this year's faster breed of F1, to allow Pirelli to prepare its new, bigger tyres for '17.
While Sebastian Vettel carried out much of Ferrari's testing, Hamilton pulled out of his only run for Mercedes in Abu Dhabi last year early feeling unwell, having missed a previously scheduled test due to a sore foot.
When asked by Autosport if Vettel's Australian Grand Prix victory, in a race where Mercedes struggled to get on top of the tyres, could have been down to the German doing more of the mule-car running, Hamilton dismissed the suggestion.
"I'm so glad I didn't do that testing, because the car is so different," said Hamilton ahead of this weekend's Chinese GP.
"I did a few laps in the Abu Dhabi test in the 2015 car and it was so much different to this car.
"It would have been a waste of my time, I'm glad I didn't do it. It made no difference.
"The fact is the [mule] car had so much less downforce and it was lighter than the car we have today, so it wouldn't have put the tyres in the same window.
"The stuff I would have learned then, I would have to undo it and learn again."
While Vettel said he could not be certain of the impact of carrying out the tests, he believes opportunities to drive outside of F1 weekends should be taken.
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