Gearbox problem curtails Hamilton's running
28 February 2014 – Mercedes has confirmed that a gearbox problem truncated Lewis Hamilton's running on the second day of the final test in Bahrain.
Hamilton completed 89 laps of the Sakhir circuit and set the seventh fastest time.
The British driver recovered from a spin during the morning which caused a red flag period.
"Once we got going Lewis put together a good run, with encouraging readings in particular during the middle stint on the hard tyre, before a failure in the ERS system delayed running during the final stint," said Mercedes chief Paddy Lowe.
"We returned to the track after lunch to conduct set-up work. However, a problem with the gearbox unfortunately meant that our running was curtailed around 90 minutes early."
Hamilton was upbeat despite labelling his day as 'average'.
"There are no specific problem areas, just lots of different things we need to improve," he said.
"It's important to get as much mileage under our belts as we can and just as important to discover any problems before we get to Melbourne. It might be frustrating at times but finding them at this stage is actually a positive. We really don't know where anyone stands right now and we have enough to concentrate on without looking at how other teams are getting on.
"The focus is on ourselves and will continue to be right up to the first race. Today was a fairly average day but I've got one more to go before we get to Melbourne, so hopefully that will be a bit more productive."