Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 10/19/14

VALENCIA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 02: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and McLaren Mercedes faces questions from the media in the paddock during winter testing at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit on February 2, 2010 in Valencia, Spain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
Lewis Hamilton was reduced to a spectator and his Mercedes team cut short its Formula One preseason trials after a brakes failure sent him crashing into the barrier in Jerez on Wednesday. Hamilton's debut drive under competitive conditions for his new team came to a jarring halt after he'd set the second fastest lap of the day. The rear brakes failed at 250 kph (170 mph) due to a hydraulic fault and 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, unhurt, climbed out unaided from the cockpit and walked away in oil-spattered overalls, but his car's nose and front wing were damaged. "The front brakes enabled him to slow the car but, he couldn't avoid the barrier," Mercedes tweeted. It has not been a good start for the team, as Nico Rosberg endured a spectacular car failure with flames erupting from his car's rear on Tuesday. Rosberg has been unable to resume testing. After a few warm-up ...
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