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Hamilton crashes during Jerez testing

ESPN Staff
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Hamilton's car ended up in the tyre barriers after the accident © Getty Images

Mercedes has said a loss of rear brake pressure was to blame for Lewis Hamilton's accident during the second day of testing at Jerez.

Hamilton, who walked away unharmed, left the track at the Dry Sac corner, went through the gravel trap and into the barrier. The accident happened on Hamilton's 16th lap as he was in the process of lowering his times during his first day of official testing in the new W04.

"Lewis suffered a loss of rear brake pressure, the front brakes enabled him to slow the car but he couldn't avoid the barrier," the team explained on Twitter. "Obvious damage to the front wing and nose. Lewis himself is fine."

Mercedes later tweeted, "We have traced the problem to the hydraulic brake line connecting to the right-rear caliper. The impact with the barrier also damaged the front left corner (suspension and associated aero parts)..."

It is the second technical issue in as many days for Mercedes after a faulty wiring loom caused a brief flash fire on the car when Nico Rosberg was testing it on Tuesday. The team lost the rest of the day as it modified the component, but said there was no new about when Hamilton would get back on track.