Hamilton loses afternoon running due to MGU-K failure

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Lewis Hamilton remained upbeat despite losing his afternoon running due to an MGU-K failure on day one of the final test in Barcelona.

The Briton finished third in the timesheets after posting a very impressive lap time of 1:24.881 on the medium compound tire early in the morning session.

However, he was unable to get back out on track in the afternoon due to a problem with the Mercedes W06 Hybrid’s power unit, which was eventually diagnosed as being an MGU-K failure.

In spite of the issue, Hamilton remained upbeat following his half-day of running.

“Of course, we would have liked to have a few more laps today, especially as the sun came out later on,” the Briton said. “But sometimes you have those days. I don’t see it as too much of a negative. It’s good that you find these things, whatever issues you might have, and iron them out now. It means hopefully you won’t find them at the first race.

“Testing is always difficult. If you get the whole day in the car, the sun is out and the tires are working you can make more changes to learn where you want to put the car. Naturally, the more you drive the more you feel comfortable – but to be honest in the 50 laps I had today I felt ready to go.

“I had a positive feeling in the car and it was good to get the tyres working. I’ve got one more day to now hopefully have a clean run and really pinpoint where I want to put the car for the first race.”