Hamilton shunts following front wing failure

By on Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Hamilton had earlier been present at the launch of Mercedes's W05. Mercedes AMG Petronas

Hamilton had earlier been present at the launch of Mercedes's W05. Mercedes AMG Petronas

Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes suffered an early setback after the front wing on the Brit's new W05 failed on the first day of testing.

Hamilton had just set the fastest lap of the day when his front wing failed approaching the first corner.

The Brit was unable to prevent his car from crashing into the barriers on the outside of the turn, leading to extensive damage at the front of the car.

Hamilton was not injured in the accident.

Hamilton's time of 1:27.820 was the fastest on a quiet first morning at Jerez.

The former world champion completed 18 laps, with Jean-Eric Vergne the only other driver to set a lap time.

Kimi Raikkonen, Esteban Gutierrez and Sergio Perez are the only other drivers to have completed an installation lap.

Raikkonen and Perez both caused red flag periods when their cars failed on the first lap of running.

Red Bull unveiled their RB10 with which they will defend their titles, but a small reliability issue on Monday night has prevented them from taking to the track on Tuesday morning.

You can follow the latest updates from the first test at Jerez here


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