World champion Lewis Hamilton had to curtail Thursday's pre-season Formula One training when his Mercedes broke down after 14 laps. Photo: Reuters
World champion Lewis Hamilton had to curtail Thursday's pre-season Formula One training when his Mercedes broke down after 14 laps. Photo: Reuters

Hamilton's Mercedes breaks down in Formula One testing

By Thomas Wolfer Time of article published Feb 27, 2020

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BERLIN – World champion Lewis Hamilton had to curtail Thursday's pre-season Formula One training when his Mercedes broke down after 14 laps.

The break-down brought out the red flag in the afternoon session at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, with the team saying there was an oil pressure problem.

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel posted the fastest time in a morning session which saw spins by Vettel, Red Bull's Max Verstappen and Antonio Giovinazzi in an Alfa Romeo.

Vettel's time of 1 minute 16.841 seconds proved to be the fastest of the day and the third-fastest of testing so far, and was the first time Ferrari have topped a session at this year's testing.

Pierre Gasly in an AlphaTauri and Lance Stroll in a Racing Point were next on the timesheets.

The second and final round of tests is running until Friday while the season starts on March 15 in Australia.

dpa

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