Hamilton about re-start in Tuscany: "I even thought I saw flames"
By Robert McGillivray 15 September 2020 | 15:37
Lewis Hamilton has a suspicion that his brakes were on fire at the re-start at Mugello. The six-time Formula 1 World Champion looks back at his start of the remainder of the Tuscan Grand Prix, which he eventually managed to win.
During the formatting lap, the temperature difference between my tires was almost two hundred degrees. I did my very best to get that temperature right then,' the Brit remembers.
As a result, there was a lot of smoke coming off the brakes of his Mercedes W11 at the re-start: 'I got them at about a thousand degrees and then tried to cool them down in the final corners and at the start-finish.
Hamilton: "I even thought I saw flames"
I arrived at my starting spot and saw a lot of smoke coming from the brakes. I was definitely worried about that. When you're standing still you'll burn away the inside of the brakes," said the Mercedes driver. I even thought I saw flames at one point.
The fire didn't cause any real problems: "Fortunately we started pretty quickly and I didn't have any problems from then on. However, it was very much at the limit".
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