Lewis Hamilton's first day behind the wheel of his Mercedes F1 car built at Brackley in Northamptonshire resulted in a crash into a tyre barrier. It was on the second day of testing at the Spanish Circuito de Jerez this morning.
The 28-year-old from Stevenage locked up into turn six and ploughed through a gravel trap into the tyre barrier. It's thought a fault in the front suspension caused the crash.
Yesterday Hamilton's team mate Nico Rosberg ground to a halt after just 14 laps when an electrical fault led to a fire in the rear of the new Mercedes.
Mercedes have launched their new formula one car at Jerez in Spain. It's the last of the three fomula one teams based in our region to reveal its new car. The Mercedes will be driven by Lewis Hamilton this season after he signed from McLaren.
Mercedes, based at Brackley, in Northamptonshire, had a disappointing season last year despite scoring their first win with Nico Rosberg, who will partnering Hamilton this season.