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The first test is always a bit of a nail-biter but this year the pressure is really on with the new V6 turbo engine, ERS and aerodynamic regulations. The 2014 testing season got off to a rocky start today with Mercedes AMG Petronas driver Lewis Hamilton crashing his new MW05 after experiencing a front wing failure.

Witnesses said the front wing appeared to come off and lodge under the nose of Hamilton’s car which renders steering input as negligible sending the 29-year-old British champion into the tire barrier. Hamilton emerged from the car unhurt and returned to the paddock saying:

“It’s unfortunate to end the day early when everyone has worked so hard,” said the 29-year-old Englishman.

“But we’ll make that track time back and it’s better to have these things happen now than in Melbourne.”

“The car feels quite good, especially considering it’s so early in our programme. Overall it’s been a positive day.”

The team certainly had a good start to testing putting in the most laps on the day but the crash has the engineers looking at the front wing and in particular Nico Rosberg’s MW05.

Mercedes released the new MW05 at Jerez:

Mercedes MW05 2 c600

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  • I just want to point out to that withering old dolt that runs things in F1 that I WOULD WATCH THIS if it was on TV or streamed!

  • Schmorbraten

    Ok my comment is not about the Mercedes, but … DID YOU SEE THE CATERHAM??? http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/2014/01/28/caterham-ct04-first-pictures/img_3790/ Todd, maybe you’ll want to watch F1 without your children … Ecclestone will be on the phone to the FIA and demanding an explanation why they were THAT stupid when framing the bodywork regulations.

    • dude

      Okay, I was making a lot of joke about the noses, but this… wow, facepalm.

    • Tom

      I don’t think it’s in the interest of F1 that all F1 coverage will have to be labeled NSFW from now on…

  • niyoko

    Ferrari had a pretty good day as well. Not to play to much of a fan, but I think Ferrari was recorded as running 31 laps to Mercedes 18. If it weren’t for the early crash it might have been the opposite. As it stands it looks like Ferrari can had the most successful day of the group. It looks like the drivers can start to focus a lot more on getting to understand the new car, engine, and ERS sooner than the rest.

    It’s only day one.

  • Jim

    When I first saw this I thought I stumbled onto an archived article.. Didn’t Lewis crash out of the first day of testing last year?

  • Stewart

    The fins on the nose (cameras) look like the dumbo ears on the 2008 honda, not very nice