Lewis Hamilton says 160mph crash was a 'blip', but British driver desperate to clock up the miles for Mercedes after frustrating start

2008 World Champion crashed yesterday, just 15 laps behind the wheel of his new car

Lewis Hamilton will return to the cockpit of his Mercedes tomorrow determined to clock up the miles following a wretched start to his career with the team.

Hamilton managed just 15 laps on his track debut yesterday before a rear-brake failure at 160mph pitched him into a tyre barrier and out of the remainder of the second day of the season-opening test at the Circuito de Jerez.

Given team-mate Nico Rosberg completed only 14 laps on Tuesday after his car sustained an electrical failure, it has been a rough start for a Mercedes team under pressure to deliver results.

Hamilton, however, was in a bullish mood following his accident which he described as nothing more than "a blip", despite knowing he has to maximise his time in the car before the season-opening Australian Grand Prix on March 17.

"Mercedes are already ahead of where they were last year when they didn't even have the new car here (at the first test in Jerez)," said Hamilton.

"It's an improvement and a step forward already, so we can't really complain.

"We've lots of tyres, so Nico needs to be the first out today, and we just need to hammer it and try and get in as many laps as possible.

"If we can do 110 to 120 laps per day over the next two days then that would be a good comeback.

"For me, I will be in early, go to the meeting in the morning and listen to the guys (over the team radio) during the day, maybe go training and chill a little.

"The important thing is not to get fazed by the days we've had this week. You have to keep looking forward and remain positive.

"The guys in the garage are obviously trying to avoid the problems we've had. They are working as hard as they can, back at the factory too."

Despite the limited amount of running, Hamilton was at least able to get a feel for the car, which he expressed himself to be "quite happy with".

However, in contrast to his McLaren of last year, the 28-year-old has noticed an obvious and startling difference he will now be hopeful the team can resolve.

"I'm pushing the aero guys as hard as I can because I need more aero for sure," said Hamilton.

"Coming from a McLaren that was so competitive last year which had incredible downforce, you definitely notice the difference."

As for the issues that have plagued the car so far, Hamilton has no doubts they will be resolved, with his confidence in the W04 far from dented.

"They (the technical people) have to look at the design and ensure it doesn't happen again, and I have total confidence they will do that," said Hamilton.

"Obviously I wanted to be driving. We were looking at the computer and seeing other people doing 70 or 80 laps and we should be doing the same.

"We just need to find out what solutions we can grab and hold on to them."

PA

Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee