Lewis Hamilton's first proper day of Formula 1 testing with Mercedes got off to a bad start on Wednesday when he crashed the team's new W04.
The Briton, who has joined the team from McLaren, had been third quickest in the morning when, after 15 laps, he ran off the track at the Dry Sack hairpin. Television footage of the incident showed he had locked up in the braking area of the corner, before skipping across the gravel trap and nosing into the barriers.
Hamilton was able to climb out of the car unaided, and returned to the pits. The setback comes just 24 hours after Mercedes' first day of running was also cut short when teammate Nico Rosberg was stopped on track with an electrical problem. Revisions to the team's wiring loom were required overnight, which meant Rosberg had been unable to resume running during the afternoon session.