Mercedes confused by front wing failure on Hamilton’s car

Paddy Lowe

Paddy Lowe

Lewis Hamilton crashed his brand new Mercedes, on the morning of the first day of pre-season Formula 1 testing, when the front wing failed on the W05, a failure which has left the team confused.

Speaking to BBC technical director Paddy Lowe admitted, “These are things we test extensively and model a lot of work in the laboratory, so it is a confusing situation for us.”

However Lowe remained upbeat, “Lewis’ initial feedback was positive once he was able to complete some timed laps, which is a promising indicator for the basic package.”

The incident meant an early shower for Hamilton as the crew worked feverishly to get the car ready for day two of the test with Nico Rosberg scheduled to get behind the wheel.

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