The main topic of Thursday was a previous Grand Prix in Germany. Lewis Hamilton also was asked about that race, and namely about one interesting episode of it.
After the spun in Turn 1 on lap 52 the Mercedes driver called the team for a pit stop and told about retire the car. Lewis was unwell during the German weekend, and he admitted he made the call because he wasn’t feeling great, but more strong reason for it was to save his engine and gearbox.
"Mostly it was just thinking "OK, I’m dead last". I calculate the chances of me getting points and I think about how many races have we got left to do on this engine. I think could I save it with another 15 laps left of engine mileage? I can save the gearbox,” – Hamilton explained.
"I start thinking of those kind of things and I’m like "don’t feel bad if you feel like pulling me in, guys". But they said "don’t, keep going", so I kept going. So that’s how I’m always thinking.”
Also Lewis told he reduces the number of laps he does in free practice sessions to reduce how much he uses his engines.
"They say "you have got 23 laps in practice one”, I’ll do 20. But they will also say "no, we have calculated that you can do 23 laps, or even 24 laps, we have proven out the engine”. I’m still cautious,” – the driver said.
"I’ll do 20, 21 just to make sure that when, for example, you come to a race and you have to go back to another engine, in some cases you do because it comes back out of the pool, usually I have less mileage on my engine than the other driver. Hopefully I won’t have any mishaps with the engine. So that’s what I’m conscious of, always.”
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