Lewis Hamilton drives his new Mercedes into a barrier
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain drives his Mercedes W05 Formula One car at the Circuito de Jerez on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. (AP Photo/Miguel Angel Morenatti)
Joseph Wilson, The Associated Press
Published Tuesday, January 28, 2014 7:51AM EST
JEREZ, Spain -- Lewis Hamilton drove his new Mercedes into the barrier on the first day of Formula One preseason testing on Tuesday.
The British driver appears to have emerged unscathed from the crash
Hamilton and teammate Nico Rosberg unveiled the silver-and-turquoise W05 before testing started, and the former champion was the first to take his car out and the first to complete a full lap at the Jerez track.
Hamilton drove into the barrier at turn 1 midway through the session, leaving debris and long tire marks before he went off the asphalt.
Mercedes says on Twitter it was a "car failure (...) to be investigated when car returns to the garage."
So far, only five drivers have taken to the track in southern Spain as teams struggle with new engineering rules.