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Lewis Hamilton may feel he has a strong chance of picking up his maiden win of the 2022 F1 season next time out at the Singapore Grand Prix with Mercedes technical director Mike Elliott indicating they’re expecting to be competitive. Monza was never going to be a track suited to Mercedes’ troublesome W13 with the long straights not one of their strong points.
Hamilton still impressed as he battled through the pack from 19th to clinch fifth while George Russell picked up another podium finish. Mercedes are now in a close battle with Ferrari for second in the Constructors’ Championship heading into the final six races of the season.
With the European swing now over, attention now turns to Singapore where Hamilton has won four times in his career. The big question mark for Mercedes will be how well their car performs around the Marina Bay Street Circuit.
Mercedes have seen big dips in performances from different tracks, but both the Hungarian and Dutch Grands Prix saw them able to compete with Red Bull and Ferrari for a race win. And Elliott has indicated that the race in Singapore should suit Mercedes just like the races at Spa and Zandvoort in a huge boost for Hamilton.
He told Mercedes’ YouTube channel: “I think when you look back at the learning we’ve gathered over the season, we expect Singapore to be a bit more like what we’ve seen in Budapest and Zandvoort. It’s a bumpy circuit, which is going to provide its challenges.
“But in terms of the nature of the corners, we think it will be better for our car. So hopefully we’ll have a good result there. As always we’ll do all the pre-simulation work we need to do, we’ll maximise our learning in the practice sessions and hopefully we can turn that into a good result on the weekend.”
Hamilton holds an impressive record of winning at least one race in every season he’s competed in F1. But that record is under serious threat with Red Bull and Max Verstappen’s dominance of late.
Verstappen has won 12 of the 16 races so far this season and is on course to smash the previous record of most victories in a single season. Both Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel hold the joint record for most wins in a single year with 13 and Verstappen looks unbeatable at the moment with six races left in the season.
But Hamilton will be hoping to end Verstappen’s run eventually with Mercedes also aiming to catch Ferrari. Mercedes are currently 35 points behind Ferrari in the standings, largely due to both Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz retiring a combined seven times this season compared to Hamilton who has retired just twice while Russell has finished every race.
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