Hockenheim: Lewis Hamilton fears {that a} prolongation of Europe’s record-breaking heatwave might upset Mercedes’ bid for glory at their dwelling German Grand Prix this weekend.

The defending five-time world champion, and present sequence chief, informed reporters on Thursday that he hoped for rain and admitted that if the sweltering circumstances continued Mercedes can be in hassle.

File picture of Lewis Hamilton. Reuters

“I would think about, if it stays this sizzling, we’ll be in hassle,” mentioned Hamilton.

“We have got these sizzling races arising, that are clearly not really easy for us so it may be a problem.

“It is undoubtedly a superb factor if it rains! There’s not likely a lot we are able to do (about cooling issues) as it is a a lot greater design problem that we’ve when it will get sizzling, so it is not really easy to vary… Hopefully this weekend shall be okay.””

Hamilton loved a well-known victory in final yr’s race when he gained from 14th on the grid after title rival Sebastian Vettel crashed out of competition whereas main in heavy rain.

However he struggled dwelling fifth, with team-mate Valtteri Bottas third, in excessive temperatures on the Austrian Grand Prix final month when Mercedes had been defeated for the primary time this yr.

Native climate reviews recorded 40 levels Celsius within the Hockenheim paddock on Thursday.

“Clearly it (cooling) is an enormous weak point in our package deal,” mentioned Bottas.

“We’ve got a brand new improve for the cooling programs in order that needs to be extra environment friendly — and will give hopefully fairly just a few levels of margin, however I am undecided anybody anticipated to be racing in 40 levels.”

Bottas is 39 factors behind Hamilton within the championship following the Briton’s dwelling win at Silverstone two weeks in the past, his seventh victory in 10 outings this yr.

That spell of kind has delivered his finest begin to a season.

“I used to be simply reminiscing about my McLaren days and I feel probably the most I had in a yr was 5 wins,” mentioned Hamilton.

“Over all of the years, I feel we have perhaps had 10 in a season, however by no means seven within the first 10 so it’s undoubtedly an outlier and one thing we’re happy with.”

Hamilton is the primary driver since Michael Schumacher in 2004 to win so most of the opening 10 Grands Prix.

Schumacher ended that 18-race season with a report 13 wins, a goal for the Englishman within the remaining 11 races.

He added that he would work on bettering his qualifying as he seeks so as to add to his report 86 profession poles.

“There are all the time issues you possibly can study from these races, although the final one was fairly sturdy, however there are nonetheless areas that may be higher,” he mentioned.

“For instance, qualifying continues to be not good but. So I’ve started working on that, however usually the race tempo has been actually sturdy.”

Hamilton added that he additionally expects to see Ferrari and Pink Bull enhance their tempo and mentioned he welcomed the prospect.

“I hope it will get nearer via the yr,” he mentioned.