Hamilton gained on Three tyres and a prayer

Silverstone, August 3

“Oh my God, I was just praying to get it round,” mentioned Mercedes F1 driver Lewis Hamilton as he recounted how he gained the British Grand Prix right here yesterday on three tyres after struggling a puncture on the ultimate lap. “I nearly didn’t do it, but thank God we did,” the six-time world champion added.

Hamilton’s teammate Valtteri Bottas noticed his tyre deflate two laps earlier than the end and the identical destiny awaited the Brit on the ultimate lap. The 35-year-old in some way managed to pull the automotive over the road, as sparks saved flying beneath his automobile, simply 5 seconds forward of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen. Before the tyre mishap, Hamilton held a 32-second lead over Verstappen going into the ultimate lap.

“Up until that last lap, everything was smooth sailing,” Hamilton mentioned. “When I heard Valtteri’s tyre went I looked at mine and everything seemed fine. The car was still turning, and the last lap I started to back off and then the tyre deflated. It was definitely heart-in-the-mouth (moment). You could see the tyre was falling off the rim.”

After his document seventh win at Silverstone, Hamilton prolonged his lead on the prime of drivers standings to 30 factors. Hamilton’s teammate Bottas, in the meantime, failed to attain as he completed 11th. — Agencies

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