LEWIS HAMILTON has been given hope of a primary race victory of the season – regardless of the seven-time world champion fearing he may find yourself winless.
The Mercedes driver, 37, holds the extraordinary report of successful not less than one Grand Prix in each F1 season since his 2007 debut.
However together with his Merc automotive inconsistent and Max Verstappen dominating the championship, Hamilton’s hopes of retaining his report seem slim.
He additionally solely has six races left to interrupt his duck, beginning in Singapore subsequent month.
However his hopes have been given a lift after one Mercedes chief shared a constructive replace.
Technical director Mike Elliot says the structure of the Marina Bay circuit in Singapore may play into their automotive’s arms, much like earlier races in Hungary and the Netherlands.
The twisty-nature of the road observe and the shortage of lengthy straights may work in favour of Mercedes and permit them to be aggressive.
Elliot advised Mercedes’ YouTube channel: “I believe if you look again on the studying we have gathered over the season, we count on Singapore to be a bit extra like what we have seen in Budapest and Zandvoort.
“It is a bumpy circuit, which goes to offer its challenges. However when it comes to the character of the corners, we expect will probably be higher for our automotive. So hopefully we’ll have a very good outcome there.
“As at all times, we’ll do all of the pre-simulation work we have to do, we’ll maximise our studying within the apply periods and hopefully we will flip that into a very good outcome on the weekend.”
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Hamilton didn’t seem practically as hopeful in regards to the workforce’s probabilities as he branded his former title rival Verstappen “nearly unbeatable”.
The Dutchman has gained the final 5 races as hopes of one other tight championship battle shortly got here to be dominated by the Purple Bull driver.
The 24-year-old has gained 11 of 16 races thus far this season and is closing in on one other F1 report.
Sebastian Vettel and Michael Schumacher maintain the title for joint-most wins in a single season with 13.
Given Verstappen’s type, he will probably be hopeful he can break the report.
His newest win got here with ease on the Italian Grand Prix – however he was helped by a controversial late security automotive.