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Sport Hamilton says his 'heart nearly stopped' amid last-lap puncture

00:41  03 august  2020
00:41  03 august  2020 Source:   readsport.co

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Lewis Hamilton says his ' heart nearly stopped ' after holding on for a remarkable British Grand Prix victory despite suffering a puncture on the final It gave Hamilton a lead of over 32 seconds entering the final lap , which proved crucial when the Briton also suffered a front-left puncture exiting Luffield.

Lewis Hamilton says his " heart nearly stopped " after holding on for a remarkable Formula 1 British Grand Prix victory despite suffering a puncture It gave Hamilton a lead of over 32 seconds entering the final lap , which proved crucial when the Briton also suffered a front-left puncture exiting Luffield.

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Lewis Hamilton says his “heart nearly stopped” when his front-left deflated on the final lap of the British Grand Prix, as he held on for victory at Silverstone.

Hamilton never relinquished the lead during the 52-lap race from pole position, despite the constant threat from Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas.

Three laps from the chequered flag Bottas suffered a tyre delimitation that saw him tumble down the order, with Hamilton warned to look after his rubber to avoid a repeat scenario.

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Lewis Hamilton said he feared he may not have made it home when a last lap puncture almost derailed his charge to a record seventh British Grand Prix victory on Sunday. "I didn't think I would make it round the last two corners," admitted the world champion. The front left tyre of his Mercedes

Red Bull opted to pit third-placed Max Verstappen to go after the point for fastest lap, which gave Hamilton a 32-second margin heading on to the last lap.

The six-time world champion then suffered the same front-left puncture as Bottas whilst exiting Luffield, with the gap to Verstappen disappearing rapidly.

But on three wheels Hamilton limped home to cross the line just five seconds ahead of Verstappen in a dramatic finish to the race.

“Up until that last lap, everything was relatively smooth sailing,” Hamilton said, as quoted by Motorsport.com.

“The tyres felt great. Valtteri was really pushing incredibly hard, and I was doing some management of that tyre and he looked like he wasn’t doing any.

“When I heard that his tyre went I was just looking at mine and everything seemed fine. The car was still turning. No problem. So I was thinking maybe it’s OK.

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Hamilton said : "Up until the last lap , everything was relatively smooth sailing. "The tyres felt great. I nearly didn't get round the last two corners. Maybe we should have stopped towards the end when Hamilton was impressive in his consummate control, both of the race and his final lap but Leclerc

Hamilton 's heart " nearly stopped " after puncture . Verstappen "lucky and unlucky" in Mercedes tyre blows. However on that last lap Hamilton suffered a similar failure to Bottas and also slowed to crawl to the Hamilton 's heart " nearly stopped " after puncture Lewis Hamilton says his " heart nearly

“Those last few laps, I started to back off and then down the straight, it just deflated. I just noticed the shape just shift a little bit. That was definitely a heart-in-the-mouth kind of feeling, because I wasn’t quite sure if it had gone down until I hit the brakes, and you could see the tyre was falling off the rim.

“Then just driving it, trying to keep the speed up, because sometimes it will fly off and break the wing and all these different things. Oh my God, I was just praying to try and get around and not be too slow.

“I nearly didn’t get around the last two corners, but thank God we did. [I] really owe it to the team. I think ultimately maybe we should have stopped towards the end once we saw the delaminations.”

In spite on the late puncture, Hamilton insisted he didn’t feel any pressure in the situation as his race engineer Pete Bonnington informed him over team radio of the gap to Verstappen.

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Hamilton 's heart " nearly stopped " after puncture Lewis Hamilton says his " heart nearly stopped " after holding on for a remarkable Formula 1 British Grand Prix victory despite suffering a puncture on the final lap of the race 1596381189 F1.

However, on that last lap Lewis Hamilton suffered a similar failure to Bottas, and also slowed. Verstappen initially made his frustration clear on the radio, saying "For f**k's sake," but he quickly calmed Hamilton 's " heart nearly stopped " after puncture . Formula 1 Formula 1 / Breaking news.

The win extended Hamilton’s lead in the world championship to 30 points due to Bottas’ non-score in 11th place, and put him within four victories of Michael Schumacher’s record tally of 91.

“You may or may not be surprised, but I was really chilled for some reason at the end,” Hamilton said.

“Bono was giving me the the information of the gap. I think it was 30 seconds at one stage and it was coming down quite quickly, and in my mind I’m thinking ‘OK, how far is it to the end of the lap?’

“But the car seemed to turn okay through Maggots and Becketts, thankfully. I got to [Turn] 15 and that’s where it really was a bit of a struggle, and I could hear the gap coming down from 19 to 10.

“So I thought I would just give it full gas out of 15 down to 16, and then the thing wasn’t stopping. I got to the corner, a lot of understeer and I heard him go ‘9, 8, 7’ – and I was like, just get back on the power and try to get the thing to turn.

“Oh my god. I’ve definitely never experienced anything like that on the last lap. And my heart definitely probably nearly stopped.

“I think that’s probably how cool I was, because my heart nearly stopped.”

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Hamilton 's victory was the 87th of his career and moved him within four of Michael Schumacher’s record of 91. Norris's team-mate Carlos Sainz was also a puncture victim in the closing laps "I have definitely never experienced anything like that on the last lap and my heart definitely nearly stopped ."

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