A little earlier, teammate Valtteri Bottas also had to deal with a worn left front tire that flapped. “But mine still looked good at the time,” said Hamilton, who was not worried.
Still it went wrong. “On the straight, he suddenly emptied. I saw the shape of the band change and I immediately felt my heart pounding in my throat. ”
Lewis Hamilton is looking at his flat tire.
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Hamilton then had to switch mentally quickly. A broken tire can cause a lot of extra damage at too high or low speed.
“Sometimes the rubber completely rolls off the rim or the front wing is broken. With pain and effort I finally got through the last two turns. ”
Lewis Hamilton crosses the finish line with a flat left front tire.
On the way to the finish, Hamilton was informed by the counting down race engineer Peter Bonnington of the gap with the upcoming Verstappen: from 19 seconds to 10.
The six-time world champion dived into the last corner with fear. “I heard nine, eight, seven … I accelerated again and luckily it was enough.” Hamilton had only five seconds left at the finish.