Hamilton crash

The Mercedes driver crashes his new W04 but escapes unharmed

Last Updated: 07/02/13 1:06pm

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Preparations for the new Formula One season began in earnest this week as 10 of the 11 teams on the grid put new cars through their paces at a test session in Jerez, southern Spain.

However, Lewis Hamilton's first public outing in his new Mercedes did not go exactly to plan as he suffered a "pretty heavy" crash which limited his running to just 15 laps.

Having just climbed to second in the timesheets, Hamilton's maiden run in the W04 was brought to a shuddering halt when rear brake failure resulted in his car slamming into the barriers at the high-speed turn six.

Although the Briton walked away unharmed, the car was sufficiently damaged to prevent him returning to action for the rest of the day.

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