Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W05, crashes at Turn One Tuesday 28 Jan 2014. (Photo: Glenn Dunbar/LAT Photographic)

crashes during Jerez testing. (Photo: Glenn Dunbar/LAT Photographic)

UPDATE: A statement released by AMG has confirmed that Lewis Hamilton is “fine” after the impact.

Lewis Hamilton crashed the new Mercedes W05 at Jerez Tuesday after the front wing fell off and went under the car.

Hamilton slid straight on at Turn One, and damaged the front of the car on the tire barrier.

Mercedes earlier unveiled the car for the first time, some four days after Nico Rosberg gave it a brief and private 40kms shakedown at Silverstone. Hamilton continued to put laps on the car Tuesday, in between long stints in the pit lane, before his accident.

The W05 has something akin to a traditional nose, and the consensus is that it’s one of the more attractive cars seen so far.

“We have a busy winter testing period ahead of us,” said team principal Toto Wolff, “and a long season where both performance and reliability will be critically important. Lewis and Nico begin the season hungry for success and I am confident that our team will benefit thanks to the continuity of their work during the winter period. We have positive momentum after our second-place finish last season. Our clear target is to continue building up our team, and we aim to deliver on every single race weekend in 2014.”

“For 2014 we have probably the greatest change in regulations in Formula One history and the start of a new era for our sport,” said McLaren executive director Paddy Lowe. “From a technical and also a racing perspective, this is an incredibly exciting time for Formula One. We are introducing technologies that are new not just to racing but to the wider automotive world, as well.

“The headline is that of improved efficiency, and the fact that we will be completing races with advanced Hybrid systems on just 100 kg of fuel sends a great message about the technology that Formula One can deliver.

“But it is also about the technology that Mercedes-Benz can develop compared with our competition, both for the chassis and the new Power Unit. The whole team has done a fantastic job on the management of the project and its delivery. We have hit our milestones and hit our targets but, as ever, we will only begin to understand how successful we have been once we begin running in anger on track.

“The new car is an elegant but aggressive design and, as is often the way, its beauty is much more than skin deep; the internal engineering of the car is extremely innovative and intelligent. Our team can be justifiably proud of its work so far – but none of us are under any illusions about the amount we still have to do before the first race in six weeks’ time.”

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