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VIDEO: Hamilton crashes out in qualifying after brake failure

Jul 19, 2014, 8:52 AM EDT

Lewis Hamilton’s qualifying session for the German Grand Prix lasted all of 10 minutes after brake failure on his Mercedes W05 Hybrid car caused him to crash into the wall midway through the Q1 session.

The Briton had been on a very quick lap on the prime tire as he looked to overhaul Williams’ Valtteri Bottas at the top of the timesheets, only for his brakes to give way as he came into turn 11 at the stadium section of the track.

The rear end of Hamilton’s car immediately jolted out, causing him to career into the wall with some speed. Although it did take him a moment or two to emerge from the car, when he did, he appeared to be okay, albeit immensely frustrated.

Nevertheless, Hamilton was taken to the medical centre for a full check-up to make sure that he was okay and fit to race tomorrow. He was quickly given the thumbs up, and he soon returned to the Mercedes motorhome to collect his thoughts.

Despite crashing out, he had already done enough in Q1 to get through, meaning that he will start the race in 15th place tomorrow. It is the third grand prix in a row that he will start outside of the top five, and after reeling Rosberg in at Silverstone, he’ll know that the championship advantage has just swung straight back in his teammate’s favor.

  1. barrylibby - Jul 19, 2014 at 11:23 AM

    Not the greatest fan of LH but at some point this technology race to be green is going to get someone killed !
    There isn’t anything to be proved since I can be green by buying a Prius !!

    Add into that the changing of the rules FIRC etc, mid way thru season isn’t doing anything either,
    is the FIA i becoming Nascar !!!

    First corner tomorrow is going to be interesting!

  2. techmeister1 - Jul 19, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    I’m definitely NOT a Hammy fan but I’m glad he wasn’t seriously injured in the crash.

    As far as the crash is concerned Mercedes reported it to be the right front brake disc that failed. That has nothing to do with being green, it’s just a mechanical failure. Earlier in the year Nico tried a different brake disc in an effort to eliminate the braking issues he was having and one failed during a test so they pulled them from the car and never used that design again – according to Nico. Hammy and Nico run different brakes so they are not subject to the same failures their teammate might experience.

    Actually the FIA did NOT change the rules regarding the FRIC systems mid-season though they announced they would be for ’15. They also clarified that some systems currently in use may contravene the existing rules. That was enough to scare everyone into removing the systems and it has clearly hurt several teams. It will take a few races for some teams to sort out the mechanical changes required to perform at their best without the FRIC systems.

    As far as being green I laugh when I see a Penus, I mean Prius in the left lane exceeding the speed limit – while all the time believing they are being green. These people are so lost.

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