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Lewis Hamilton in high-speed crash in testing

Spain: Lewis Hamilton's debut drive for new team Mercedes has come to a jarring halt in Formula One preseason testing at the Jerez circuit after smashing into a barrier.

Lewis Hamilton. Reuters

Lewis Hamilton. Reuters

He had just set the second fastest lap of the day when his Silver Arrow went straight on at the Dry Sack hairpin, careered across the gravel trap and slammed nose-first into a tire barrier.

Hamilton climbed out unaided from the cockpit, but the nose of his new car was damaged.

It has not been a good beginning for Mercedes, after Hamilton's teammate, Nico Rosberg, suffered a spectacular car failure with flames erupting from the rear on Tuesday. Rosberg was unable to resume testing afterwards.

AP