Sports Writing, Aug 2 (EFE) .- The seventh victory of Englishman Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) in the British Grand Prix can be related from the drama that accompanied him on his last lap at the Silverstone circuit.
It happens, however, that it must also be explained from the good work of his team during the previous 51 laps and that is that the half-minute margin he built on the Dutchman Max Verstappen (Red Bull) ended up being his parachute before the blowout of his tire left front. With three wheels and an income of 5,856 seconds he finally crossed the finish line.
“I almost didn’t make it,” acknowledged the six-time world champion, “but thank God we did.”
The announced double of Mercedes was blown up shortly before, with the puncture of the Finnish Valtteri Bottas. Then Lewis Hamilton felt that his rubber “was fine”, but his luck changed when facing the last lap.
“On the straight it deflated, I noticed a change in the shape of the tire,” explained the World Cup dominator.
“With a heart in his fist,” he said, he saw the tire come off. And on the radio they began to alert him to Verstappen’s harassment.
“They gave me a difference of 30 seconds, which went down and down. I went from being 19 seconds ahead to being 10. They told me it was 9, 8, 7 … and that I had to step on the gas. I have never experienced anything like it in one last lap, my heart almost stopped, “he said.
Resignation to the supremacy of Mercedes, no longer disguised within Red Bull, allowed Lewis Hamilton to secure his seventh win at Silverstone. And it is that the Stevenage pilot must be thankful that shortly before his puncture the rival engineers led Max Verstappen to the ‘pits’ thinking more about the fast lap and that additional point than the victory.
“For us, second place is a great result,” said the Dutchman, also feeling fortunate for Bottas’ problem.
The fall of the Finn lifted Max Verstappen to second place and Monegasque Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) to third drawer.
In the fourth place the Spanish Carlos Sainz (McLaren) should appear, but he also suffered a puncture that frustrated his good work at Silverstone. The Madrid-born starred in a spectacular start, in which he went from seventh to fifth thanks to his overtaking by Lance Stroll (Racing Point) and Lando Norris (McLaren). He was riding fourth at the time of the incident with the front rubber.
“Luck is not smiling at us in this first half of the season,” he lamented trying to get a positive reading of his thirteenth place.
“Compared to the first three races, here I have been more comfortable with the car. I have had better feelings and it is a pity that there is no result to prove it. If it were not for the puncture I would be fourth, celebrating it,” he stressed.
For the German Nico Hülkenberg, meanwhile, the Grand Prix was twisted when trying to get his Racing Point out of the garage.
A mechanical problem in his car prevented him from taking the start and enjoying the race to replace the Mexican Sergio Pérez. The ‘Checo’ remained in isolation all weekend, after his positive on COVID-19. His state of health is good, but only a negative result in the medical test will give him the opportunity to get his wheel back for the next Grand Prix. Silverstone will again be the scene of the next chapter of a World Cup that continues to add drama and spice, although even with three wheels it is Hamilton who wins.
By Lucia Santiago
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