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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Everyone loves a Bad News Story

Lewis Hamilton crashed his new car after completing 15 laps of the Jerez circuit on the second day of preseason testing.

Apparently he locked the brakes going into the hairpin and went through the gravel trap into the tyre barrier. There's reported damage to the front wing and possibly to the front suspension.

As the title says, everyone loves a bad news story -  the decision of Lewis to leave McLaren for Mercedes has been the cause of many column inches and as much opinionated criticism of the driver.  I have to say that I thought it was a good decision for him as a person and as a driver but, with Button having set the fastest lap yesterday after limited running, obviously  Lewis and his new car is the focus of microscopic scrutiny.

The 2013 Mercedes is having a baptism of fire, if you'll pardon the pun, as Nico Rosberg only managed to complete 11 laps yesterday before an electrical problem brought him to a halt.

Unburnt fuel in the exhausts went on fire after the engine was shut off providing for some spectacular Twitpics.