F1 testing: Electrical fault with Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes car in Spain

PUBLISHED: 12:31 02 March 2017 | UPDATED: 16:31 03 March 2017

Lewis Hamilton in Barcelona for the first pre-season test [Picture: Wolfgang Wilhelm]

Lewis Hamilton in Barcelona for the first pre-season test [Picture: Wolfgang Wilhelm]

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Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton had to sit out of pre-season testing in Spain today due to an electrical fault.

The 32-year-old Mercedes F1 driver from Hertfordshire was due to take the wheel of the F1 W08 EQ Power+ this morning, but didn’t get out onto the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya track.

Lewis Hamilton tweeted: “Electrical fault kept us in the garage this morning, so I’ve decided with the team not to drive today as I wouldn’t have learned much.

“Shame not to drive but it’s been a great few days.

“The guys have done an awesome job. Can’t wait to be back in the car next week.”

Valtteri Bottas did manage nine laps before lunch on the fourth day of pre-season testing in Barcelona.

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