Hamilton’s first test for Mercedes ended by crash

2013 F1 season

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W04, Jerez, 2013Lewis Hamilton’s first day of testing for Mercedes ended in disappointment.

He crashed after just 15 laps in the car following a fault on the hydraulic brake line at the right-rear. He went into the barrier at Curva Dry Sack, damaging the front-left of the car.

Hamilton was unhurt, but Mercedes later confirmed they would be unable to continue in the day’s test.

It is a second setback for the team after Nico Rosberg’s run yesterday was disrupted by a fire. He managed just 14 laps.

Hamilton was second-fastest at the time of his crash, 0.032 seconds slower than Daniel Ricciardo.

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43 comments on Hamilton’s first test for Mercedes ended by crash

  1. Michael (@freelittlebirds) said on 6th February 2013, 16:01

    It is safe to say that the new Merc model is both on fire and unstoppable!

    Hopefully this was the last crash of the season. If you’re going to crash, testing is the place to do it.

  2. Master firelee (@master-firelee) said on 6th February 2013, 16:11

    Not the best of starts for Mercedes but I suppose it might be better to have theses problems in testing, and be able to possibly fix them before this sort of thing happens on a race weekend.

  3. 23kennyboy23 said on 6th February 2013, 16:38

    Reduces testing time but no indicator of how they’ll be in the season. We’ve seen this in the past.

  4. Aditya (@adityafakhri) said on 6th February 2013, 16:44

    McLaren and Mercedes, having reliability problem since a long time I couldn’t even remember…

  5. I was thinking about what di Montezemolo said in December at the Ferrari Christmas dinner or whatever it was, where he lamented Eccelstone’s leadership and called for less spending on aero and more mechanical developments that could be transferred to Ferrari’s road cars, but which would have to be developed and refined through in-season testing. Is there any possibility that F1 will come to its senses and return to testing? How can folks not see that as being crucial, not just for car development, but for the development of young drivers and the chance for even veterans to refine some technique outside the simulator, if necessary? I don’t have an opinion on the aero-emphasis vs. not having a properly calibrated wind tunnel, but scrapping the in-season testing ban does make sense to me at least on first pass. Anyone else?

  6. Steven (@steevkay) said on 6th February 2013, 17:12

    Well, the team can still potentially recover. Remember McLaren from 2010 (I don’t remember exactly, may have been 2011) where they were experimenting with that radical octo-exhaust and had to completely redesign the exhaust in the span of a couple of weeks? Perhaps Mercedes can iron out all the bugs and get a competitive car…

    In any case, not a great start for them, but you can’t write them off already. We’ll see at the end of testing, or really the end of Q3 in Australia, what the pecking order will really be.

  7. hamfan said on 6th February 2013, 18:16

    guys , how was merc able to launch their car on a track while red bull launched in a factory . could merc not gain some advantage from running round a track , even if it’s for PR purposes ?

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 6th February 2013, 18:47

      It was a filming day, which all teams are allowed to have. Force India did the same at their launch in Silverstone. McLaren have already had one too (there was a video in the round-up a couple of days ago). I’m sure Red Bull will, if they haven’t already,

  8. Nathan E. Monroe (@laneking1984) said on 6th February 2013, 20:01

    JEEZ! When will the madness stop

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