Lewis Hamilton was the first driver this season to do a timed lap in the new generation Formula 1 cars, but shortly afterwards became the first driver to slam the wall after an apparent front wing failure resulted in and unplanned departure from the circuit at in Turn 1 of the Jerez circuit.
Hamilton climbed out of the severely bent W05, which only hours earlier was revealed to the world for the first time in the pit lane, without apparent injury. The under part of the car’s front wing, which appeared to have worked loose, was retrieved from the track.
The team wrote on Twitter: “We can confirm a front wing failure on car 44. The reason is now being investigated. Lewis is fine, thank you all for asking!”
The Mercedes driver was top of the timing screens when the incident happened with a best lap of 1:27.820.
Nico Rosberg is scheduled to take over the cockpit of the W05 tomorrow, day two of the test in southern Spain. (GP247)
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