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Hamilton’s Test Comes To Early End With Big Fire

Lewis Hamilton might be cut out of today’s testing completely in Jerez after he retired to the pits this morning with flames puring out of the back of his McLaren.

The British driver had completed just 7 laps of the circuit before he returned to the pitlane.

Mechanics were quick to put out the flames, but this is not the first time a Mercedes engine has given up during the pre-season tests with the 2009 MP4-24.  Could McLaren be returning to the unreliability that plagued them between 2004-6?

Hamilton was quick to play down the incident…;

“We had an issue, but I think they’re fixing it and we’ll be back out as soon as possible,” he told reporters.

“But the car was good this morning. I didn’t get many laps, but I’m looking forward to getting back out.”

An engine in the MP4-24 exploded on Sunday too...

An engine in the MP4-24 exploded on Sunday too...

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