Daily Archives: February 6, 2013

Hamilton suffers brake failure and crash on first Mercedes test

Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes career hasn’t gone off to the best start, as the Brit crashed out of the second test day in Jerez today.

The W04 failed to slow for the Curva Dry Sack – where Michael Schumacher and Jacques Villeneuve clashed in 1997 – and speared into the barriers, travelling as fast as 160mph before being slowed down by the gravel trap before impact.

Mercedes have confirmed that the shunt was caused by a brake failure. Hamilton had only completed 15 laps before the incident, and had only driven the new car today.

Lewis described the incident soon after:

"I just hit the brake and for a split second it was working and then the pedal 
just went straight down and wouldn’t work. I don’t know, I just had to brace for 
impact. This is what testing is all about, but of course we’d like to have done 
several days.

It’s disappointing for all of us here in the team because everyone worked so hard 
over the winter. We didn’t anticipate this but I’m glad we get it out of the way 
now so we don’t have to worry about it happening in the future."

After two days of testing, Jenson Button and Romain Grosjean have topped the timesheets so far. Instead of daily reports, an article summarising the 4-day session will be put up here after its conclusion.

Here's a video of the incident: 

Sky to broadcast final Barcelona test in 3D

Sky are to become the first broadcaster to show live coverage of the Formula 1 testing season, with the final pre-season test in Barcelona to be shown live to the public.

The broadcast will also be available in 3D, as the company attempts to push its 3D channels onto the market.

All 4 days of the Barcelona test, from the 28th February to the 3rd March, will be available live, being presented by Simon Lazenby and commentated by David Croft.

This marks the first time that a broadcaster has attempted to show a test session live, and it will be interesting to see does this trend continue into the future.

Luiz Razia confirmed as Max Chilton’s teammate at Marussia

Marussia will have an all-rookie line-up this season, with Luiz Razia confirmed as the team’s second driver.

He joins Max Chilton, who won two races in GP2 last season, and the duo have replaced Charles Pic and Timo Glock within the squad.

Razia has previously won the 2006 South American Formula 3 championship, and finished 2nd in the 2012 GP2 series with 4 race wins. In 2011 he drove for both Force India and Toro Rosso in the young driver tests, and tested in free practice sessions for the Caterham team.

The last team to run an all-rookie line-up was the 2010 HRT team, whose drivers didn’t all make it to the end of the season.

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