It was clear from his radio communication to the Mercedes pitwall during the Spanish Grand Prix that Lewis Hamilton was out of breath, even flustered at times, and it now transpires that the race winner did not have a drink on board.
After his hard fought victory in Barcelona, Hamilton revealed to media, “A lot of the races that we do with the type of racing that we sometimes have to do, where you’re saving fuel, like in the last race for example [Russia], I couldn’t push because the car was overheating.”
“Whereas [in Spain] it was [pushing] from Turn 1 to the end, it was flat chat. You’re just using everything you’ve got so for sure, in that first stint, for instance. To stay on Sebastian was a killer.”
“Also I don’t carry drinks in my car either to save weight, so I’m not having a drink through the race. And then at the end, I used everything I had left when I jumped into my team and my heart rate hit the ceiling.”
“I was good when I got out of the car but jumping… I don’t know if I will do that again. I was a little bit tired after that one,” added the triple F1 World Champion.
Mercedes chief Toto Wolff played down Hamilton’s tone over the radio, “I think it was just an expression of how hard he was pushing.”
“When you need to follow a car that close behind, you obviously haven’t got the aerodynamic benefit of the guy in front. That is difficult. He gave it all and you could hear it on the radio,” added the team boss