Lewis Hamilton says he was worried that his French Grand Prix could have been prematurely ended by a tyre blowout during the race on Sunday, as the sizeable blisters on his tyres were similar to the ones on Lance Stroll’s Force India last year, which caused a blowout.
The Brit led every single lap of the race at the Circuit Paul Ricard from pole to flag, and didn’t have much to contend with in terms of competitors in behind, with second-placed Valtter Bottas not laying a glove on his team-mate.
What Hamilton did have to manage, however, with increasingly troublesome blisters on his front tyres, which he feared could cost him the win.
“It wasn't easy at all,” he said when asked if the car issues made his day harder.
“There's always things happening, always on the edge. These cars, as you know, everything is running to a temperature; reliability is everything.
“I had two big blisters on the tyres, so I was a little bit worried. I remember last year, Force India, Lance [Stroll], had a tyre blow out, so I was a bit worried about that.”
The championship leader went on to praise the efforts of his Mercedes team, who secured another one-two finish through Hamilton and Bottas.
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