Lewis Hamilton Under Pressure as Must-Win British GP Leaves Home Hero on the Verge of F1 Record Collapse

Published 06/29/2022, 4:32 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 12, 2022 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton on the grid before the race REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed/Pool

Lewis Hamilton can set another record at the British Grand Prix! However, it will depend on how the race goes for the Briton, making him either a winner or just a driver waiting for a win. The 37-year-old has not won a single race this season, the last one being the 2021 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

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Since Abu Dhabi, the Mercedes driver has arguably endured a streak of bad luck. After losing the title to Max Verstappen, the driver has faced a lot of trouble with his W13. Bouncing made the Silver Arrows’ lives difficult as they have spent most of the season till now, trying to reduce it.

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For several other reasons, the Brackley outfit has still not managed to find the desired pace. However, they have made progress over the last two race weekends.

Now, if this continues and Hamilton somehow manages to win at Silverstone, he will become the only driver to have won the same Grand Prix nine times. Currently tied at eight with the legendary Michael Schumacher, the seven-time world champion has a chance to set a new record if he takes the flag at the British GP for the ninth time.

On the other hand, a failed attempt would make this his eleventh race without a win. It will surpass his two previous streaks of 10 races without a win. These came in the years 2012-2013 and 2013-2014.

Last year, Hamilton won the British Grand Prix under tricky circumstances. The Mercedes star failed to qualify on pole, awarding challenger Max Verstappen a slight advantage.

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However, Hamilton’s car touched Verstappen’s machinery and caused the Red Bull driver to immediately lose control and hit the barriers. Though Hamilton was awarded a 10-second penalty, he still managed another victory at his home track.

Bigger updates might help Lewis Hamilton at Silverstone

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Despite the challenges in 2022, Hamilton has kept a positive attitude and seen an upturn in Mercedes‘ fortunes. The Canadian Grand Prix, in fact, even saw the Briton on the podium, with his teammate on P4.

Formula One F1 – Canadian Grand Prix – Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, Canada – June 19, 2022 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates on the podium with a trophy after finishing third in the race REUTERS/Chris Helgrenport

For Silverstone, the camp will even include bigger updates on the car. As revealed by their chief engineer, “The reality is, we’ve been updating the car pretty much every race, but fairly subtle updates in the recent ones, trying a few experiments, but Silverstone is one of the target events for us where we’re going to bring a bigger and more visible package – and hopefully we’ll make a step forward…”

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With this announcement in mind, can Mercedes pull themselves closer to Ferrari and Red Bull? Can Hamilton win at Silverstone again? Or will the Brit set a new personal record for his longest run of races without a triumph?

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Khyati Yadav

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Khyati Yadav is an F1 writer at EssentiallySports. She is a Hospitality Graduate and a huge fan of Lando Norris. She believes that F1 as a sport deserves a lot more attention and is intrigued by the process that goes behind the making of a car and the hard work that goes into the setting up of any Grand Prix.

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