It was definitely a day to forget for reigning Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton yesterday – but it wasn’t his new slick tyres that caused him grief.
Instead it was the wall off tyres the McLaren driver ran into when he sped off the track on his second day of practise at the Jerez racing track in Spain.
Rain hit the circuit in the morning and wind buffeted the cars throughout the day and apparently Hamilton crashed backwards and damaged the rear wing of the MP4-24 after losing control due to a powerful gust of wind.
Track workers towed the MP4-24 back to the pits, where mechanics did their best to hide the car on its arrival and quickly threw a shield of screens around the car.
But there was no hiding the fact that the crash meant Hamilton couldn’t complete his test session.
However, despite the crash Hamilton still registered the third fastest lap of the day behind rivals Heidfled and Raikkonen.
Onwards and upwards!
Alex Kapadia, etyres Operations Executive