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.
Lewis Hamilton will join Mercedes from next season on a three-year contract.
The decision to leave McLaren after a 14-year association with the team has been described by one source close to Hamilton as "the toughest of his career".
In a statement Hamilton said: "It is now time for me to take on a fresh challenge and I am very excited to begin a new chapter racing for the Mercedes Formula One Team. Mercedes-Benz has such an incredible heritage in motorsport, along with a passion for winning, which I share."
He added: "Together, we can grow and rise to this new challenge. I believe that I can help steer the Silver Arrows to the top and achieve our joint ambitions of winning the world championships."