Lewis Hamilton’s career is one of the most successful in the entire history of Formula 1, and his seven world titles are proof of it. As well as being the driver with the most championships, tied only with Michael Schumacher, he has won at least one race in each and every one of the seasons he has contested since making his McLaren debut in 2007 .
However, after a chaotic start to 2022 in which his Mercedes didn’t seem to have the performance of the Red Bulls and Ferraris, he was forced to settle for very unusual positions for the Briton. Just a few podium finishes gave the Englishman a taste of champagne, but never at the top, extending his winless streak since last year’s Saudi Grand Prix when he was battling Max Verstappen for the title.
The Brackley outfit have made a lot of progress in their W13 from the start of the campaign, and are already a threat in certain rounds to the leaders, but Hamilton only has six rounds left to go to add to his record of consecutive season wins .
When asked about that mark, the seven-time champion acknowledged that it had “zero importance” for him, and that his goal was to help Mercedes get back into shape: “I am grateful that every year, since 2007, we have had the opportunity of win”.
“I think we are going to have an opportunity this season, [there are] still a few races ahead of us, and that, without a doubt, is the big goal for us as a team, to get back to the front and fight for the championship,” explained the Stevenage man. .
Singapore will be the perfect opportunity for Mercedes, due to the twisty nature of the track, but the street circuit is full of potholes, something that could greatly affect the W13 and its problems with porpoising .
Those of the silver arrows saw how they had different performance between high-speed tracks, such as Spa-Francorchamps, and others with higher downforce, such as the Hungaroring or Zandvoort, and it is something that they are still trying to solve.
“I have no idea where our car is going to be,” Hamilton said of the remainder of the season. “It was a surprise when we got into the car, and it felt much better [than in Spa], like it was different from the previous weekend, but I hope that in the rest of the races we will notice it with Budapest.”
Hamilton holds the record for victory in Formula 1, a total of 103 , and in 2022 he was presented with the possibility of beating the number of consecutive years by scoring a win for Michael Schumacher, which left him at 15: “I’m not focused on the record, I’m trying to get the win this season.
“But the record is not the important thing for me, because I don’t care about records in general,” the Mercedes driver said.
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