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Lewis Hamilton’s 300th F1 race wasn't plain sailing for the seven-time world champion, even if it delivered his strongest result of the season so far.
As Max Verstappen took victory at the French Grand Prix, Hamilton took advantage of Charles Leclerc's crash on lap 17 to finish second ahead of Mercedes teammate George Russell, who held off the Red Bull of Sergio Perez for third as Carlos Sainz took fifth. As well as his rivals on the track, Hamilton had to battle the sweltering hot temperatures in the south of France, a task made more difficult as his water bottle didn't work, leaving him dehydrated, as well as happy, after the race.
Asked after getting out of his car how much weight he would have lost during the race, Hamilton said: "I didn't look at the number when I weighed, but it will probably be about three kilos [almost half a stone]."
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In the cool-down room before the podium ceremony, Hamilton felt the need to lie down in the middle of the floor, with Verstappen having to awkwardly step around him. Then, in the official press conference, he tucked into an ice pop.
"That was actually a tough race because my drinks bottle didn't work," he told Sky Sports F1. "I feel fantastic, just a little bit dehydrated. I don't actually ever drink in the race, this is the first time I've tried it all year and there was nothing coming out."
However, Hamilton was jubilant Mercedes could secure a double podium finish, having been a long way off the pace of the Ferraris and Red Bulls for most of the weekend at Paul Ricard.
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"What a day, what a weekend, especially with missing P1 [Mercedes young driver Nyck de Vries replaced him for the first practice session on Friday]. I'm just so proud of the team, this is an incredible result," he said.
"Getting results like this is about the whole package. We know we don't quite have the pace of two teams ahead, but reliability is a huge, fundamental part of the process.
"I'm so proud of my team for having the reliability we have. What a great result and what a great job George did today, it's really special for us."
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