Just one day after writing about the debut of Mercedes’s new F1W05 Silver Arrow, (see http://www.examiner.com/article/mercedes-aims-high-with-new-f1-w05-silve...), I am sorry to report that the car, driven by Lewis Hamilton was involved in a major crash at the end of the Jerez pit straight that sent it into the tire wall during his 18th lap.
Mercedes attributed accident to car failure, and bystanders noted that the “front wing appeared to break off.” Luckily Hamilton walked away unharmed. This was the second year in a row that he crashed during a test for Mercedes.
Although he remained silent following the accident, Hamilton had only high praise for the car prior to the test, stating that he thought the car “looked fantastic.”
"So aggressive but full of really nice details as well. I'm excited to find out how the new power unit feels to drive, to hear how it sounds from the cockpit and to compare the job we have done relative to the competition," he had exclaimed.
Editor's comment: It should be noted that a number of racing teams have decided to forgo testing at Jerez this year, citing the winter weather conditions in Spain this year. For a related article see http://www.examiner.com/article/lotus-to-refrain-from-unfolding-new-e22-...