Hamilton, after the puncture on the last lap: ‘My heart almost stopped’

The British Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), winner of the Grand Prix of Great Britain
This Sunday despite the puncture he suffered on the last lap, he confessed that “he had never experienced anything like this” and stated that “almost” his heart stopped.

“Until the last lap, everything was fine,” said the English pilot. “Valtteri Bottas -His partner in Mercedes- was pulling hard and I was managing the tires somewhat. When I was told he punctured, my tire looked fine. But on the straight it has deflated, I noticed a change in the tire shape and my heart was in a fist. I already saw how the tire came off, “he said.

Lewis Hamilton commented that by radio they gave him a difference of 30 seconds with respect to the Dutch Max Verstappen (Red Bull), which was gradually decreasing. “I went from having 19 to 10 seconds. They said 9, 8, 7 … so I had to hit the gas. I have never experienced anything like this on the last lap. My heart almost stopped, “he said.

Hamilton also confessed that he was “praying” to reach the goal.

“I almost did not arrive, but thank God we did. Maybe we should have stopped when we saw these problems in Valtteri, ”said the leader of the Formula One World Championship.