After claiming victory in Spain, the English Mercedes driver revealed that tire management was the key to staying with the race.
Lewis hamilton He was surprised after the categorical victory he achieved this Sunday in the Spanish Grand Prix. Is that Mercedes He arrived at this weekend’s event after two races in a row in which he had tire problems.
Either way, the six-time world champion managed to extend his lead in the drivers’ standings to 37 points after dominating from start to finish at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, a date he won for the fourth consecutive year.
“It was a real surprise because we were coming off tire problems,” Hamilton said after his victory. “The tire management was very, very good and I think we understood what happened last week and what we changed this weekend has allowed us to achieve what we achieved,” he added.
“It was hard work. The heat on the track was crazy. I was concentrating on getting a perfect start and after that it was all about controlling the tires,” said Hamilton, who finished with a 24-second lead over Max Verstappen.
“We didn’t know how fast the Red Bulls were, so I tried to measure Max as the tires leveled off early on. I think the tire handling was the difference in the end,” he explained.
Later, in a chat with Sky Sports, Hamilton highlighted the work of the mechanics. “It was a fantastic effort from the team, it felt good to be out there. A big thank you to everyone who is in the factory. In this difficult time for everyone in the world, they have continued and have continued to push,” he closed.
This race saw Hamilton claim the F1 record for the driver with the most podiums. With four wins in six races so far in 2020, the Briton is in an important position with a view to equaling Michael Schumacher’s record of seven world titles.
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