Formula One

 
              === Hamilton crashes in test debut for Mercedes ===
 
 Jerez,  Spain  (Sports Network)  - Lewis  Hamilton's first  day of Formula One
 preseason  testing  at Jerez came to  an early conclusion on Wednesday when he
 crashed his Mercedes F1 W04 car due to a loss of rear brake pressure.
 
 Hamilton,  who  left McLaren  and joined  Mercedes at  the end  of the 2012 F1
 season,  completed 15 laps around the Spanish circuit before his incident. The
 front  brakes  allowed him to  slow the  car, but he  could not avoid the tire
 barrier  in the  Dry Sac hairpin. Mercedes traced the problem to the hydraulic
 brake  line connecting  to the right-rear caliper. The 2008 world champion did
 not  return  to the  track for the  remainder of  the day, as  his team had to
 repair several areas of the car.
 
 "We  had a good  start, but then unfortunately, we had a failure which brought
 our  day to  an early end," Hamilton  said. "These things happen, and it's all
 part of testing."
 
 During the first day of testing on Tuesday at Jerez, Hamilton's teammate, Nico
 Rosberg,  encountered an  electrical problem after completing just three runs.
 Unburned  fuel in  the exhausts  subsequently ignited  but did  not cause  any
 serious damage to the car. Rosberg completed just 14 laps that day.
 
 Romain Grosjean of Lotus posted the quickest time during day two of testing at
 Jerez.  Grosjean  turned in 95  laps, with his best  one recorded in 1 minute,
 18.218  seconds. His lap was 0.6 seconds faster than yesterday's top time, set
 by Jenson Button from McLaren.
 
 "It  was good  today," Grosjean said. "The  program went to plan and showed we
 have  good reliability.  The whole test has  gone well for me. We've done some
 interesting things and some less interesting things, but it all bodes well for
 the season ahead. My feeling in the car is good, and it was great to be at the
 top  of the times  today. Even if it doesn't mean anything at the moment, it's
 still good to be at the front."
 
 Force India's Paul di Resta was second on the time charts (1:19.003), followed
 by  Daniel  Ricciardo from  Toro  Rosso  (1:19.134),  Red Bull's  Mark  Webber
 (1:19.338)  and  Nico Hulkenberg  from Sauber (1:19.502). Hulkenberg completed
 the most laps on day two with 99.
 
 Hamilton's quickest lap of 1:19.519 was sixth on the charts.
 
 "From the few short laps that I completed this morning, my general feeling was
 very  positive," Hamilton noted. "I got a good understanding of where the base
 of  the car is, and  while we need to do work in certain areas, it was good to
 have some laps to get a feel for what those areas are."
 
 Testing  at  Jerez  continues  on Thursday,  with  three-time  world  champion
 Sebastian  Vettel  from Red  Bull  and  Lotus'  Kimi  Raikkonen, the  2007  F1
 titleholder, making their first appearances on track.
 
 02/06 14:12:13 ET

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