Lewis Hamilton expects Mercedes to finish 2022 Components 1 season with out a race win

Lewis Hamilton got here near securing a primary victory of the season for Mercedes as he completed second to Max Verstappen at the US GP; Hamilton, who’s aiming to increase file of profitable race in all his 16 seasons, says it is unlikely Mercedes will triumph in 2022

Final Up to date: 27/10/22 6:05am

Lewis Hamilton discusses his car's performance in comparison to Red Bull's this season after Max Verstappen's victory at the United States Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton discusses his automotive’s efficiency compared to Purple Bull’s this season after Max Verstappen’s victory at the US Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton discusses his automotive’s efficiency compared to Purple Bull’s this season after Max Verstappen’s victory at the US Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton says he expects Mercedes to finish the 2022 Components 1 season winless, regardless of having come agonisingly near sealing victory at the US Grand Prix.

Mercedes have endured a massively disappointing marketing campaign following the introduction of latest design rules and noticed their eight-year streak of constructors’ championships formally ended on Sunday as Purple Bull added the title to Max Verstappen’s second successive drivers’ crown.

After an encouraging show in Austin, whether or not or not Mercedes can win one of many remaining three races – beginning in Mexico this weekend – has been a sizzling matter of dialogue, however the seven-time world champion is not assured.

Hamilton pointed to the truth that his robust race efficiency was aided by being boosted to 3rd on the grid due to penalties for Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and Purple Bull’s Sergio Perez.

“I feel we actually have to be sensible,” Hamilton stated. “The Purple Bull automotive has been the quickest automotive by far all yr and it’s nonetheless the quickest automotive.

Highlights of the United States Grand Prix from the Circuit of the Americas

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Highlights of the US Grand Prix from the Circuit of the Americas

Highlights of the US Grand Prix from the Circuit of the Americas

“So [in USA] we have been within the place we have been in by means of reliability. If Charles was there, if Perez was there for instance, it might have been a special race as a result of they’d have been forward of us. We’d have been on the third row.

“It was nice to start out third and be able to battle, however on true tempo they have been forward of us at present they usually would be the subsequent three races.”

Hamilton’s F1 wins by season

Seasons Wins
2007 (McLaren) 4
2008 (McLaren) 5
2009 (McLaren) 2
2010 (McLaren) 3
2011 (McLaren) 3
2012 (McLaren) 4
2013 (Mercedes) 1
2014 (Mercedes) 11
2015 (Mercedes) 10
2016 (Mercedes) 10
2017 (Mercedes) 9
2018 (Mercedes) 11
2019 (Mercedes) 11
2020 (Mercedes) 11
2021 (Mercedes) 8
2022 (Mercedes) 0 (three races left)

If Hamilton is not to win in Mexico, Brazil or Abu Dhabi, all stay on Sky Sports activities F1 beginning with the Mexico Metropolis race this weekend, then it might carry his record-equalling run of profitable no less than win in all of his seasons to an finish.

Hamilton was aiming to interrupt the tie with Michael Schumacher in his sixteenth marketing campaign this yr.

Hamilton’s hopes of victory in Austin have been additional boosted when Verstappen was held stationary for 11 seconds throughout his second and remaining pit cease, which noticed the Purple Bull driver drop round seven seconds behind the Brit, with Leclerc additionally between them.

Nevertheless, Verstappen confirmed unimaginable pace to catch and go each the Ferrari and Mercedes, earlier than sealing his thirteenth victory in 19 races this season.

Lewis Hamilton passes Sebastian Vettel for the lead at the United States Grand Prix

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Lewis Hamilton passes Sebastian Vettel for the lead at the US Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton passes Sebastian Vettel for the lead at the US Grand Prix

“Except one thing drastic occurs to any extra of them, it is extremely unlikely we’ll have the true tempo to have the ability to compete with them,” Hamilton added.

“We’ll give it every thing we have and we’re engaged on a automotive to have the ability to battle with them.

“He (Verstappen) was behind Charles, that simply reveals how a lot tempo that they had in hand, to get previous Charles, catch me, and end three seconds forward.”

Rosberg: Mercedes want luck to win a race

Hamilton’s former team-mate, Nico Rosberg, agrees that Mercedes will want success to have the ability to triumph within the remaining three races.

Requested on Sky Sports activities F1’s Any Pushed Monday if he thinks Mercedes will win a race, Rosberg stated: “It is laborious to say, in the meanwhile you’d in all probability say no.

“They want luck. If they’ll actually get the luck, like with Max’s pit cease this weekend, if they’ll get one thing like that they’ve an actual shot at it, however it’s a troublesome ask.

Nico Rosberg think it's difficult to see his former team Mercedes winning a race this season

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Nico Rosberg suppose it is tough to see his former workforce Mercedes profitable a race this season

Nico Rosberg suppose it is tough to see his former workforce Mercedes profitable a race this season

“Usually there ought to have been Leclerc as effectively in entrance of them on the grid, so numerous issues have to go of their favour.

Regardless of his issues over Mercedes’ capacity to compete for a win, Rosberg says he has been massively impressed by Hamilton’s driving, alongside along with his team-mate George Russell.

“Lewis is driving on the prime of his sport, as at all times,” added Rosberg, who beat Hamilton to the 2016 world championship earlier than retiring.

“He is nonetheless completely wonderful on the market in the meanwhile, tremendous good. So it is positively not right down to Lewis’ driving, it is the automotive.

Mercedes' team principal Toto Wolff reflects on the race after Lewis Hamilton finished on P2 at the United States Grand Prix

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Mercedes’ workforce principal Toto Wolff displays on the race after Lewis Hamilton completed on P2 at the US Grand Prix

Mercedes’ workforce principal Toto Wolff displays on the race after Lewis Hamilton completed on P2 at the US Grand Prix

“So let’s have a look at, if the circumstances do come into his favour, or George’s, then it could nonetheless come good.

“I actually want for it to occur for Mercedes, as a result of they did such an excellent job to catch up in the course of the season, perceive the issues that they have been having, which have been actually large, large issues.

“The porpoising, the breaking the flooring as a result of they have been hitting the bottom, and to determine that out in the course of the yr whenever you even have very restricted testing was tremendous tough.

“Additionally to do it inside the finances cap, such a giant problem they usually’ve actually made nice progress.”

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