VIDEO: Hamilton crashes out in qualifying after brake failure

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Lewis Hamilton’s qualifying session for the German Grand Prix lasted all of 10 minutes after brake failure on his Mercedes W05 Hybrid car caused him to crash into the wall midway through the Q1 session.

The Briton had been on a very quick lap on the prime tire as he looked to overhaul Williams’ Valtteri Bottas at the top of the timesheets, only for his brakes to give way as he came into turn 11 at the stadium section of the track.

The rear end of Hamilton’s car immediately jolted out, causing him to career into the wall with some speed. Although it did take him a moment or two to emerge from the car, when he did, he appeared to be okay, albeit immensely frustrated.

Nevertheless, Hamilton was taken to the medical centre for a full check-up to make sure that he was okay and fit to race tomorrow. He was quickly given the thumbs up, and he soon returned to the Mercedes motorhome to collect his thoughts.

Despite crashing out, he had already done enough in Q1 to get through, meaning that he will start the race in 15th place tomorrow. It is the third grand prix in a row that he will start outside of the top five, and after reeling Rosberg in at Silverstone, he’ll know that the championship advantage has just swung straight back in his teammate’s favor.