Mercedes to sit out rest of second day
6 February 2013 – Mercedes has been forced to finish early for the second day in a row at Jerez, with the team needing to carry out repairs to its F1 W04 after Lewis Hamilton's crash. The Briton, who was completing his first offcial laps for the team, suffered a loss of rear brake pressure before the Dry Sack bend and slid into the barriers.
After inspecting the F1 W04, which was returned to the pit lane on a flat-bed truck, Mercedes mechanics confirmed damage to front-left aerodynamic elements and suspension arms. Although this could be fixed in time for the afternoon session, a more serious hydraulic issue was also picked up and has ruled out further running.
Hamilton had completed a total of 15 laps at the wheel before his accident, which occurred shortly before 11am local time (GMT +1). Following on from new team-mate Nico Rosberg's troubled 14-lap debut with the F1 W04 on the first day of the Jerez gathering, the grand testing total for Mercedes currently stands at just 29 laps.