Lewis Hamilton crashes on Mercedes debut
Lewis Hamilton was left kicking his heels on the sidelines on his debut for Mercedes as the team's test of disaster continued yesterday
On the opening day of the pre-season test at the Circuito de Jerez yesterday, Nico Rosberg managed just 14 laps before an electrical fault caused a small fire, which required a replacement of the wiring loom.
Taking up the reins from Rosberg yesterday the 28-year-old, who quit McLaren at the end of last season and signed a three-year deal with Mercedes, was also left a spectator for the remainder of the day less than two hours into the session.
Hamilton’s car suffered a rear-brake failure, later traced to the hydraulic brake line connecting to the right-rear caliper. It resulted in the 28-year-old locking up at the turn-six hairpin known as ‘Dry Sack’ at 170mph before ploughing through a wide expanse of gravel and eventually pushing his front wing into a tyre barrier.
Team Mercedes later said on Twitter: “We will not run again today as work continues with the repairs required on the car.”