Cause of Hamilton’s German GP brake failure still unclear

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The cause of Lewis Hamilton’s brake failure during qualifying for the German Grand Prix remains unclear.

Hamilton was pitched into the wall at the Sachskurve at high-speed during the opening part of qualifying in Germany after his front-right brake disc failed.

The 2008 champion, unable to continue, was left just 16th fastest, later being demoted to 20th on the grid after his Mercedes team was forced to change his gearbox, damaged in the accident.

Despite an investigation by Brembo, who supplied the brake disc, and Mercedes into the failure over the last week, a clear reason for the failure is still yet to be found.

“There is currently no clear evidence of a single cause of failure and our continuing rigorous analysis will take into account multiple factors which could have contributed to the incident,” read a statement released by Brembo and Mercedes on Friday.

“The results of this technical analysis will be communicated as soon as they are available. Formula 1 is a domain of advanced development where technologies are pushed to their limits and in which strong partnerships are crucially important.

“Brembo and Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team remain committed to a close working relationship in the future.”

Hamilton set the pace on Friday in Hungary, topping both practice sessions ahead of his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg.

Image courtesy of Mercedes AMG PETRONAS

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