View the photo gallery

2014 Formula 1 Pre-Season Kicks Off

MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS kicked off its pre-season testing program at the Circuito de Jerez – See pictures and times

by  Chris Danielson  | 

|

MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS kicked off its pre-season testing program at the Circuito de Jerez Tuesday, with Lewis Hamilton taking the wheel of the F1 W05 for the first time. Lewis’ best time of 1:27.820 set the early pace at the Spanish circuit, before a front wing failure on the following lap curtailed his track time shortly before midday.

MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS, Jerez, Launch, F1 W05, Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton

MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS, Jerez, Launch, F1 W05, Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton

  • The F1 W05 emerged for its first run at precisely 09:00 CET when the track was declared open
  • Lewis completed four single-lap install runs in the early stages, before gradually building into longer stints
  • A front wing failure on his 18th lap ended Lewis’ running for the day early
  • Nico will be in the car tomorrow for the second day of pre-season testing at Jerez.
Lewis Hamilton 2014 mercedes amg petronas

Lewis Hamilton 2014

Lewis Hamilton

For me it’s an incredibly positive start to be the first car out on track and completing a good number of laps. Other teams have been going out for single-lap runs, starting a few hours after we had first hit the track, so to have started running through our test programme was very encouraging. The car feels quite good, especially considering it’s so early in our programme, so overall it’s been a positive day. Of course, it’s unfortunate to end the day early when everyone has worked so hard and we had looked like easily completing the most mileage of anyone here today, but we’ll make that track time back and it’s better to have these things happen now than in Melbourne. I’m really proud of the team for what they’ve achieved in getting us here and we’ll keep pushing.

MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS, Jerez, Launch, F1 W05, Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton

MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS, Jerez, Launch, F1 W05, Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton

Toto Wolff

Incidents like this happen and that’s why we are here, to find them before we go racing. We completed 18 laps and got through our system checks successfully. The car now needs to be repaired, which is a challenge in itself at the start of winter testing with regards to the number of spare parts available. However, it’s our job to cope with those challenges.

Paddy Lowe

To conclude our day’s running with a front wing failure was an unfortunate end to what had, to that point, been a very positive start to our winter. We were the first team to send a car out on track, on the dot at 0900 this morning, and were gradually extending the length of the runs when the incident occurred. Lewis’ initial feedback was positive once he was able to complete some timed laps, which is a promising indicator for the basic package. Concerning the failure itself, we are still analysing its cause, and this process, coupled with the repairs to the car, have brought an end to our running today. The teams at Brackley and Brixworth did a fantastic job to prepare the car for running this morning and tomorrow we hope to start adding to what is already a useful number of laps completed. There is a lot of data for us to analyse overnight and the learning curve this winter will be very steep.

Nico Rosberg 2014

Nico Rosberg 2014

TIMES

Pos
Driver
Car
Time
Laps
1.
Lewis Hamilton
MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS
1:27.820
18
2.
Kimi Räikkonen
Ferrari
1:29.474
11
3.
Jean-Eric Vergne
Toro Rosso
1:36.530
11
4.
Esteban Gutiérrez
Sauber
1:42.257
7
5.
Sergio Pérez
Force India
No Time
1
|

Find a Dealer

To learn more about the Mercedes Motorsports, find a Mercedes-Benz dealer in your area.

01 / 26 >
mercedes-amg-petronas-990466242-9082812014
01 / 26 >

More to Explore

2014 German Grand Prix

2014 German Grand Prix

_____

Nico Rosberg dominated the German Grand Prix for a win on his home track with teammate Lewis...

Read More »

Another Win For Rosberg – 2014 Austrian Grand Prix

Another Win For Rosberg – 2014 Austrian Grand Prix

_____

Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton took a hard-fought one-two victory this afternoon at the Austrian Grand Prix...

Read More »

Rosberg Has Success At Canadian Grand Prix Despite Car Trouble

Rosberg Has Success At Canadian Grand Prix Despite Car Trouble

_____

Mercedes AMG Petronas Driver Nico Rosberg finished the Canadian Grand Prix in second place on Sunday while...

Read More »

GET IN TOUCH

Tips, Requests & Questions
Advertise with Us
Jobs

ABOUT US

About eMercedesBenz
Trademark Information
Terms of Use
Privacy Policy eMercedesBenz the world's leading online Mercedes-Benz magazine dedicated to covering the Mercedes-Benz, Maybach and smart brands. Established with the intent of bringing Mercedes-themed content from across the globe to one centralized location, eMercedesBenz has since grown to become the world's foremost Mercedes magazine by which to find the latest news, information, reviews and rumors pertaining to the Mercedes-Benz family of brands. In addition, eMercedesBenz also offers a distinct lifestyle section featuring an assortment of products and services. Each week, our team finds the hottest new gear, the latest style and the best places to travel in a variety of categories, all of which are aimed at making your life better, more refined and more enjoyable.