'My feeling is very positive' – Hamilton
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6 February 2013 – Lewis Hamilton was left encouraged by the pace of the new Mercedes F1 W04 at Jerez on Wednesday, despite being restricted to just 15 laps behind the wheel. The Briton, who described his initial feeling in the car as 'very positive', ended his day in the barriers after a rear brake failure on the run down to the Turn 6 hairpin.
"We had a good start but then unfortunately we had a failure which brought our day to an early end," explained Hamilton, who finished sixth on the timing screens. "These things happen and it's all part of testing. Of course, it's better that we get these small issues out of the way sooner rather than later, and the guys are working really hard to overcome them.
"From the few short laps that I completed this morning, my general feeling was very positive. I got a good understanding of where the base of the car is and, whilst we need to do work in certain areas, it was good to have some laps to get a feel for what those areas are. I've told the guys that we just need to keep pushing and I know we all will be doing that."
Hamilton, who clocked a best time of 1:19.519, will hand the car back to team-mate Nico Rosberg on Thursday, before returning to the cockpit for the final day of the test.
Hamilton's accident can be viewed at GPUpdateTV