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Motor racing: Hamilton gets Formula One's new turbo era under way

Published on Jan 28, 2014 7:33 PM

JEREZ, Spain (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton fired up Formula One's new turbo era on Tuesday with the first lap of pre-season testing in his new, and reassuringly sleek looking, Mercedes.

With a thin new moon still visible over the Jerez circuit, the 2008 world champion eased the F1 W05 out of the pit lane shortly after 9am local time (4pm in Singapore) for an installation lap before silence resumed.

Formula One has ditched the ear-splitting 2.4-litre V8 engines for a new turbocharged 1.6-litre V6 with complex energy recovery systems and more emphasis on fuel economy.

Hamilton's one lap, the first public appearance of a new car on track, indicated the whinier and less rasping sound would take some getting used to.

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