Six-times Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton said “survival instinct” clicked in after a last-lap puncture virtually value the Mercedes driver a file seventh British Grand Prix on Sunday.
Hamilton had been cruising to a stable residence victory from pole place at Silverstone, with Finnish team mate Valtteri Bottas second, till the fates packed a race-worth of drama into the last two laps.
Bottas’s tyre went first, dropping the Finn to 11th on the end, after which it was Hamilton’s flip with the Briton all of the sudden discovering himself driving on three tyres with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen catching up quick.
Only the truth that the Dutch driver had stopped for contemporary tyres to assert the quickest lap, leaving him 31 seconds to make up, saved the day.
Hamilton said his coronary heart had additionally almost stopped, however instinct clicked in to safe his third win in a row and 87th of his profession — 4 in need of Michael Schumacher’s all-time file.
“As the minutes go by I feel worse and worse when I realise what just happened,” he informed reporters.
“I think in the heat of the moment you have the adrenalin going. I’m guessing that fight for survival instinct comes out.
“I was able to stay calm and really measured and try to bring the thing home.
“I heard that Max was catching at crazy speed.”
Hamilton’s engineer Peter Bonnington counted down the hole to Verstappen on the ultimate lap because the champion limped in direction of the chequered flag.
“I could hear, seven, six, five,” said Hamilton. “And I just managed to keep it together.”
Hamilton said the team wanted to research why they’d the tyre drawback, and was not sure whether or not he had collected some particles or simply worn it out with a protracted stint.
He said there had been no warning earlier than it let go.
“I was trying to gauge just how worn it was but I didn’t have any feeling of it being particularly really worn,” he defined.
“I don’t think I’ve ever won a race just on three wheels.”