• Jerez Test, Day Two

Brake issue brings end to Hamilton's day

ESPN Staff
February 6, 2013 « Hamilton crashes during Jerez testing | Hamilton insists he's unfazed by brake failure »
Lewis Hamilton crashed after 15 laps at Jerez on Wednesday © Getty Images

Lewis Hamilton will have to watch the rest of the second day of testing from the Mercedes garage after the team confirmed it would not run again on Wednesday due to a brake problem.

Hamilton crashed at the Dry Sac corner when he suffered a loss of rear brake pressure after just 15 laps. The team traced the problem down to the right-rear hydraulic brake line and has suspended its testing programme for the second day in a row in order to find a solution.

"We had a hydraulic failure on the brakes in one of the runs in the morning and we have some damage on the car and that is why running has been limited today," Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff said. "We want to sort out things properly and it looks like we are not going to go out today.

"There is quite a lot of work to do but as I said before we want to do it properly and this is why we're not stressing ourselves to get out for an hour or two this afternoon but do things calmly and properly and then get out tomorrow morning."

On Tuesday Nico Rosberg's track time was limited to just 14 laps due to a wiring loom fault that caused a flash fire at the back of the car. The engineers solved the problem ahead of Wednesday's running but now face another challenge in order to rethink the braking system.