F1 » Accident forces another early end to Mercedes test

Lewis Hamilton's brake-induced accident has forced Mercedes to call a halt to its day two programme at Jerez.

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Yak - Unregistered

February 07, 2013 2:31 AM

Dumper - You're right in that it's good to find these problems early in testing. But it's still a big problem for them to be losing so much track time. It'd be one thing to find a glitch, bring the car in, sort it out, get back out again. But they're running half a dozen laps and getting sidelined with significant problems. They're not even getting enough time out there to find all the problems, let alone gather aero data, tyre data, temp/cooling data, etc. These early on problems certainly don't guarantee a disastrous year for Mercedes, but it certainly isn't helping their start.

Dumper - Unregistered

February 07, 2013 7:51 AM

Yak: Of course, you are right, they might have the new wind tunnel and all, but there's no better substitute than circuit time and data gathering. Wind tunnel won't tell the mechanics how to attach brake pipes either.
I still feel that if there are going to be problems, they're better found now - in testing.
I'm just hoping that this isn't a sneak peak into what might proove to be a season of unreliability for Mercedes.

prof-x - Unregistered

February 07, 2013 6:44 PM

agreed, letting wiring get that close to the exhaust, if thats what happened is pretty unforgivable. Ummm, yeah, they need some people in that group whom are much more obsessed, except to the point of wasting time.

Michael Fornarina - Unregistered

February 09, 2013 6:14 PM

@Dread-pirate-roberts -- Germans might be known for their engineering prowess .. but Mercedes F1 effort is being led by the Brit (Ross Brawn) and the Italian (Aldo Costa) --- and as we know both British and Italian cars have been known for having electrical problems ha, ha. -- having noted that said German efficiency, I think that is why Merc has Brawn being circled & hounded now by those two Austrian Wolves - Niki and Toto.

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