Lewis Hamilton Crashes Mercedes on Day 1 of 2014 Pre-Season Testing at Jerez

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Lewis Hamilton Crashes Mercedes on Day 1 of 2014 Pre-Season Testing at Jerez
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Lewis Hamilton looked to be having a pretty good opening day of the Formula One season at testing in Jerez, Spain—until he managed to put his brand-new 2014 Mercedes into the barriers.

The Brit was one of the only drivers to get anything approaching meaningful running done in the first session of the year and had just improved his personal best time when he ran off.

Hamilton was uninjured, and reports soon after indicated that driver error was not to blame, citing a front wing failure:

Hamilton joined Mercedes in 2013 after beginning his career at McLaren. Coincidentally, the Brit also crashed out on his first day of testing last season.

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2013 Crash

The season will surely pick up from here.

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