Lewis Hamilton has revealed the one scary moment he encountered on the way to a serene victory in the Spanish Grand Prix.
The six-time World Champion’s 88th F1 race success was among his smoothest, leading from lights out to chequered flag in his Mercedes with a comfortable margin of 24 seconds to spare over runner-up Max Verstappen at the end of the 66 laps.
While there were no issues at the start, with either of his two pit-stops or any Safety Cars to worry about, nor a serious threat of rain, Hamilton did momentarily have heart in mouth to ensure he was not completely ‘zenned out’ in the latter stages.
“There was one moment,” the Briton admitted. “There was someone’s wing on the exit of Turn 2. It was right by where my right front tyre would normally go. It was a big flap.
“And luckily, in a split second, I managed to put it underneath the car, so that my wheels were either side. But other than that, no. It was a great, incredible effort from the team which I’m so thankful for.”
Hamilton reported the debris over the team radio and the bodywork appeared to have come from Romain Grosjean’s Haas after he had spun due to taking too much kerb.
It was certainly the only minor jolt to Hamilton’s progress as he explained he was in the perfect zone as he cruised to a win that gave him the most ever F1 podiums, his total of 156 putting him one ahead of Michael Schumacher.
The most podium’s in @f1 🤯 I can’t even begin to describe how this feels. Thank you all for your love and positivity. I want to thank everyone back at the factory, I’m so proud to be a part of this team and I hope you’re all doing well and staying safe. #StillWeRise pic.twitter.com/iY7Wc2RP21
— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) August 16, 2020
“There are different types of races you have, when you’re obviously behind or leading, but to execute…we all try for perfection and it’s not always easy to deliver like that,” added Hamilton.
“But today, for me in the car, I was ecstatic when I came across the line. I didn’t realise it was the last lap, I was still going.
“I was just in a daze out there. I was in a different [zone], I felt really good. I didn’t even know it was the last lap at the end. That’s how zoned in I was. I was ready to keep going.
“In my mind, I was like a horse with those blinkers on, I didn’t realise. But for me, it’s up there with… in terms of how I drove, really delivering, I think this is right up there with some of the best I’ve personally felt I’ve done, so for me it’s super-exciting.”