Hamilton 'encouraged' by Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton says the performance of his new Mercedes is "encouraging" on the final day of the first pre-season test in Jerez.

Team principal Ross Brawn tells BBC Sport the test had been "very productive" and praises Hamilton's work ethic and commitment at the test, stating the Englishman is "everything I hoped that he would be".

Hamilton's debut in the F1 W04 was dramatically cut short after just five laps on Wednesday following a brake failure, but the 2008 world champion had already clocked up 100 laps during Friday's morning's session.

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