Hamilton 'very encouraged' by first day
28 January 2014 – Lewis Hamilton says he is "very encouraged" by the start his Mercedes team has made to the pre-season testing period.
The Briton was the most active driver during the early hours of the first test day at Jerez and, although his running was curtailed due to a failure-related crash, he has been left with a positive impression of the W05.
"For me it's an incredibly positive start to be the first car out on track and completing a good number of laps," said Hamilton, who is on course to top the day's timesheets.
"Other teams have been going out for single-lap runs, starting a few hours after we had, so to have started running through our test programme was very encouraging.
"The car feels quite good, especially considering it's so early in our programme."
He added: "It's unfortunate to end the day early when everyone has worked so hard, but we'll make that track time back and it's better to have these things happen now than [at the opening race] in Melbourne.
"I'm really proud of the team for what they've achieved in getting us here and we'll keep pushing."
The Brackley-based outfit will run with Nico Rosberg on Wednesday, providing the car can be repaired.