Lewis Hamilton experienced “a difficult race” this Sunday at Le Castellet, in particular because his drink bottle did not work properly during the Grand Prix when the temperature exceeded 30° at times.
Second at the finish of the event, the Mercedes driver estimates that he lost a few pounds during this 53-lap race contested under a blazing sun on the Paul Ricard track in the south of France: “It was a tough race because my drink bottle didn’t work. I haven’t looked at my weight, but I imagine I lost at least three kilos. » explained the seven-time world champion this Sunday evening at Le Castellet after the race.
The Briton admitted he didn’t expect to finish on the podium this weekend in France, not least because the pure pace of the W13 was very far from the leaders during the various practice sessions contested on Friday and the Saturday.
“It’s a nice result given that we were away all weekend and I missed the EL1s. [il a laissé sa monoplace à Nyck de Vries durant les EL1]. I didn’t expect to fight for second place on the podium, so it’s just a fantastic result for us. »
“Our team has also been incredible in terms of reliability, it shows that with dedication and focus we can slowly improve. We don’t yet have the same pace as the two leading teams but today we managed to keep one at a good distance, so it’s a good result for us. Everyone worked very hard and I have to say a big shout out to the teams at the factory and on the track. Without them this would not have been possible and I am proud of them. »
After the French Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton still occupies sixth place in the drivers’ standings with 127 points scored since the start of the year, 16 points less than his teammate George Russell.