Cause of Lewis Hamilton’s brake failure still unknown

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Brembo and Mercedes have released a joint statement confirming that they are yet to find the cause of Lewis Hamilton’s brake failure during qualifying for the German Grand Prix last weekend.

During the first stage of qualifying, Hamilton crashed in the final sector with some force after his front-right brake disc failed. The Briton walked away unharmed, but was forced to start the race from 20th on the grid. He eventually rallied to come home in third place, although he did lose more ground to championship rival and teammate Nico Rosberg, the eventual race winner.

In a statement, both Brembo and Mercedes underlined their commitment to resolving the issue despite not finding a reason for his crash yet.

“Following the accident experienced by Lewis Hamilton last Saturday at Hockenheim, Brembo and Mercedes have been working hand in hand to analyse and identify the causes of the failure,” it reads.

“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. 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 remain committed to a close working relationship in the future.”

Hamilton finished fastest in both of today’s practice sessions for the Hungarian Grand Prix, and is chasing an unprecedented fifth victory at the Hungaroring this weekend.

INDYCAR: Josef Newgarden quickest again in second practice at Road America

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Josef Newgarden continued to be quickest around Road America, first this morning and again this afternoon in the second practice session for Sunday’s KOHLER Grand Prix.

Newgarden had a best lap in the second session of 1:42.6279, followed by rookie Robert Wickens (1:42.9025), Sebastien Bourdais (1:43.0020), Will Power (1:43.0545) and teammate Simon Pagenaud (1:43.1599).

Sixth through 10th were Graham Rahal (1:43.1995), Scott Dixon (1:43.4212), Ryan Hunter-Reay (1:43.4755), Takuma Sato (1:43.5410) and Marco Andretti (1:43.6221).

One significant incident of note occurred during the session when Alfonso Celis Jr., making his IndyCar debut this weekend, lost control coming out of a turn and slammed into the tire wall, causing damage to his suspension.

The third and final practice session of the weekend will be Saturday at Noon E.T., followed by qualifying later in the afternoon.

The race will take the green flag on Sunday shortly after 1 p.m. ET. It will be televised live on NBCSN.

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