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Mercedes to work through night on wing solution

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Mercedes will work through the night to try to fix its car for the start of testing on Wednesday morning after Lewis Hamilton suffered a high-speed accident on his first day at the wheel.

Hamilton had completed 18 laps when the front wing failed at the end of Jerez's pit straight and folded under his front wheels. The car went straight on at Turn One and into the barriers, sustaining further damage to the nose and front suspension.

Mercedes executive director (technical) Paddy Lowe said the accident was a setback but that the team was working hard to find a solution for Wednesday morning.

"We had a rather dramatic failure of the front wing," Lowe explained. "The front wing went underneath the car and various parts disintegrated.

"We know where it failed and we are just trying to understand exactly why the margin wasn't sufficient in that area. These are things that we test extensively and model in the laboratory, so it is a confusing situation for us and we are working hard this afternoon and through the night to come up with a solution for tomorrow.

"It's not a great way to enter into our first day of testing, but we're working hard to recover and it's also difficult to recover on day one when we don't have many spare parts. We intend to be out there tomorrow morning and the team is working hard through the night to do that."

Hamilton was not particularly shaken by the accident and said it was just part of testing a new car.

"Apart from the ending it's been quite a positive day," he said. "We were the first ones out and after a tough winter for everyone to be the first car on track and to have done the most laps up until we finished was a huge positive step for us. This is a testing ground and the place where you are going to have hiccups, but we'll overcome that."

Lowe said the first day at Jerez had been shaping up to be very positive before the failure.

"It was going very well," he added. "We had the advantage of having been to Silverstone on Friday [for a shakedown] so we were well placed to be out right on time. We had a few issues that we hadn't expected, but generally it was going well and we were building up to longer runs and it was shaping up to be a very good day. As it was, we achieved a lot in our half day."

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