Lewis Hamilton has been unable to challenge Max Verstappen and Red Bull all season.
Mercedes: What’s gone wrong at the F1 and can they recover?
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Lewis Hamilton has been backed to keep his record of winning a race in every season since he has competed in F1 by former champion Damon Hill. Hamilton has taken at least one victory since he joined the sport back in 2007.
The seven-time champion has been unable to stand on the top step of the podium this season as Mercedes struggle to beat Red Bull. The Briton came close to winning at the British and Dutch Grand Prixs but was unable to pull off the feat.
Hamilton now has just six races left to ensure his record is not tarnished but Hill feels it’s only time before luck is back on his side. Speaking on the F1 Nation Podcast Hill said: “Believe me when you’re in that situation in the sport, you know, pressure is enormous from the media. But we’re still asking the question: Can Mercedes win a race?
“Something will happen, we always get a crazy race somewhere between now and the end of the year, there’s going to be a crazy race and Mercedes could well pick up that win.
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Lewis Hamilton has failed to win a race all season (Image: Getty)
“That would scupper Max’s chances of winning every single race to the end of the season. But we’ll see. There’s gonna be rain, one of them’s gonna be wet, Suzuka is going to be wet!”
Despite Mercedes’ struggles, they have comfortably been the third-fastest team all season. Hamilton has also secured six podiums this season with team-mate George Russell picking up seven top-three finishes.
The team has mostly been aided by Ferrari’s struggles which have allowed them to close up on P2 in both championships. The Prancing Horse has suffered mechanical misfortunes and made horrific strategy mistakes across the whole campaign.
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Mercedes has struggled to match the pace of Red Bull (Image: Getty)
With the Scuderia in sight, Mercedes technical director Mike Elliott confirmed surpassing the Italian squad is now the team’s goal for the rest of 2022. Russell lies just 16 points behind Charles Leclerc in the drivers’ standings with the Silver Arrows just 35 points adrift in the constructors’.
Elliott added: “We want to try and fight Ferrari for that P2 position; we want to try and win a race this season, or multiple races ideally; and most of all, we want to get ourselves back on track so we’re fighting properly for a championship next year.
“That’s not any disrespect to our opposition – we’ve got fantastic opposition – but that’s what we really need to do. We want to be back there [and] we want to be challenging for championships – because that’s what we’re about.”