Hamilton’s day ‘didn’t quite go to plan’

Michelle Foster


Lewis Hamilton’s afternoon out on track at the Circuit de Catalunya ended early on Thursday as his W11 ran into engine trouble.

Hamilton was 14 laps into a race simulation when he ground to a halt between Turns 6 and 7.

His W11 lost all power, forcing the Brit to coast to a stop, which brought out the yellow flags.

Mercedes reported it was an engine issue and that Hamilton would not return to the action.

“Lewis Hamilton stopped on track due to an oil pressure anomaly, which made the engine shut down as a precautionary measure,” said the team.

“We will keep investigating further but unfortunately that concludes our running for the day.”

Although Thursday’s stoppage was Hamilton’s first of pre-season testing it was by no means Mercedes’ first engine issue.

Last week an electrical problem meant the W11 required a new power unit when Valtteri Bottas was at the wheel while Williams has already had two failures and are onto engine number three.

The setback left Hamilton propping up the timesheet of the 13 drivers that took to the track on the penultimate day of testing.

“Testing didn’t quite go to plan today but we will come back better and stronger tomorrow,” said Hamilton.

GPFans quotes him as saying: “I only got 14 laps in today, but during those 14 laps, everything was feeling fine.

“It’s obviously not ideal that we didn’t get a full day of running in and we experienced this issue, but there are lots of learnings to take from today.

“Rather than looking at the negatives, we’ve discovered some things we need to work on, and we’ll keep pushing hard to resolve them and keep working away.

“I’m looking forward to being back in the car tomorrow morning and adding to the mileage we’ve already achieved.”

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