Lewis Hamilton. (Reuters Photograph)
SILVERSTONE: Six-times Formulation One world champion Lewis Hamilton stated “survival intuition” clicked in after a last-lap puncture nearly value the Mercedes driver a document seventh British Grand Prix on Sunday.
Hamilton had been cruising to a strong residence victory from pole place at Silverstone, with Finnish crew mate Valtteri Bottas second, till the fates packed a race-worth of drama into the final two laps.
Bottas’s tyre went first, dropping the Finn to 11th on the end, after which it was Hamilton’s flip with the Briton out of the blue discovering himself driving on three tyres with Crimson Bull’s Max Verstappen catching up quick.
Solely the truth that the Dutch driver had stopped for recent tyres to assert the quickest lap, leaving him 31 seconds to make up, saved the day.
Hamilton stated his coronary heart had additionally almost stopped, however intuition clicked in to safe his third win in a row and 87th of his profession — 4 wanting Michael Schumacher’s all-time document.
“Because the minutes go by I really feel worse and worse once I realise what simply occurred,” he informed reporters.
“I believe within the warmth of the second you might have the adrenalin going. I am guessing that battle for survival intuition comes out.
“I used to be capable of keep calm and actually measured and attempt to convey the factor residence.
“I heard that Max was catching at loopy pace.”
Hamilton’s engineer Peter Bonnington counted down the hole to Verstappen on the ultimate lap because the champion limped in direction of the chequered flag.
“I might hear, seven, six, 5,” stated Hamilton. “And I simply managed to maintain it collectively.”
Hamilton stated the crew wanted to analyze why that they had the tyre drawback, and was not sure whether or not he had collected some particles or simply worn it out with a protracted stint.
He stated there had been no warning earlier than it let go.
“I used to be attempting to gauge simply how worn it was however I did not have any feeling of it being notably actually worn,” he defined.
“I do not suppose I’ve ever received a race simply on three wheels.”