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Undiagnosed engine issue halted Hamilton during FP2

Mercedes say it won't affect his running tomorrow.
Friday, July 4, 2014

 

SILVERSTONE, 4th July 2014 (F1 Plus / Rosie Baillie) - Mercedes say Lewis Hamilton was brought to a halt towards the end of FP2 due to an undiagnosed engine issue.

The British driver came to a stop at turn 4 shortly after leaving the pits and said the engine had 'stopped'. 
 
Executive Director (technical) Paddy Lowe says Mercedes hadn’t diagnosed the problem yet but always planned to change his unit this weekend and confirmed it wouldn’t affect his running tomorrow.

“Lewis then had an engine stoppage as he was beginning his long run on the option tyre – and we have yet to diagnose this precisely.” Lowe said.

“That unfortunately cost him the high-fuel running in the session but our plan was always to change this unit overnight, so there should be no direct impact on tomorrow’s programme.”

Though Hamilton missed out on half an hour of running he still managed to top the timesheets ahead of teammate Nico Rosberg.

The Briton says his plan for FP3 will change in an attempt to makeup for the time he lost in FP2.

“We will change my programme around tomorrow morning to try and recover the time that I lost and make sure that I can complete my race preparation with a long run.” Hamilton said.

Rosberg, who was fastest during FP1, feels confident about the rest of the weekend ahead and said their long run was positive.

“That was a very productive day and the car felt really great so I’m feeling quite confident for the weekend. We seem to be very quick here and my long run at the end of the afternoon was very good.” said Rosberg.

“The conditions were quite tricky out with a lot of tail wind which made it really difficult to find the right braking point at some of the corners.

 

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