Lewis Hamilton recently revealed on Twitter that an electrical fault on Mercedes W08 caused his absence on the track. He and Valterri Bottas were about to have a wet-track test when the electrical problem happened.
The skeptics were batting an eyelash on this problem because Lewis Hamilton joked that he will fake a pulled muscle just to get out of driving in the watery track. Apparently, the three-time world champion is not a fan of the wet-track test. However, he was still saddened about the electrical problem even telling fans that his morning session exercises were pointless.
There are speculations that Mercedes was running their engines in a conservative mode in the first test to show that their car is reliable. According to planetf1, Mercedes is going to introduce an upgraded engine in the Australian Grand Prix.
"Electrical fault kept us in the garage this morning, so I've decided with the team not to drive today as I wouldn't have learned much. Shame not to drive but it's been a great few days," India Today quoted Hamilton's tweet.
"The guys have done an awesome job. Can't wait to be back in the car next week," he also tweeted.
Shame not to drive but it's been a great few days. The guys have done an awesome job. Can't wait to be back in the car next week! (2/2)
— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) March 2, 2017
Since the start of Circuit de Catalunya, Mercedes has showed how reliable their car is. They manage to complete more laps that most of their competitors.
Valterri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton has a shifting schedule with the car, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Bottas, originally from Williams, replaced Nico Rosberg who recently retired.
During the wet-track test, Valterri Bottas was supposed to continue driving but has to stop because of the electrical problem. Nevertheless, he still manage to complete nine laps before they found out about the electrical problem.
Ferrari manage to give the fastest time and laps that day because of the electric problem Mercedes experienced. Kimi Raikkoen managed to finish 92 laps on the track.
Mercedes' electric failure does show that even the mighty falls sometimes, making it safe to assume that it is everyone's game now. The pre-season testing in Barcelona will resume on March 7.