‘There’s by no means been a driver like me’ : PlanetF1

Lewis Hamilton is feeling assured about changing into the primary System 1 driver to win a race after their three hundredth begin within the sport, responding to that historic statistic by claiming “there has by no means been one other driver like me”.

The seven-time World Champion is one in every of solely six drivers to have reached the landmark in System 1, together with Fernando Alonso, Kimi Raikkonen, Rubens Barrichello, Jenson Button and Michael Schumacher – with Sebastian Vettel retiring simply shy on 299 begins.

None of them gained a race after reaching their three hundredth begin, although Alonso can be in competitors with Hamilton at Aston Martin to try to turn into the primary to take action this season.

The 2022 marketing campaign was the primary yr out of Hamilton’s 16 in System 1 that he went a full season with out taking a win, with the Mercedes W13 being nicely off the tempo of Purple Bull and Ferrari for a lot of the yr, although he nonetheless completed 2022 with 9 podiums, and three consecutive P2 finishes within the last 4 races.

However looking forward to the long run, the 38-year-old believes Mercedes have realized loads of classes from their struggles final season, which might propel them this time round.

“If I can say something from final yr, it’s that as a staff we have now solely turn into extra resilient and extra decided,” Hamilton mentioned in an interview with Formule1.nl.

“We truly need to bounce again after 2021, that was the place our drive got here from.

“At one level I did suppose: ‘God, with this automobile I actually can’t battle for the title’.”

Then when it was put to him {that a} driver is but to win past their three hundredth begin in System 1, Hamilton – who sits on 310 as of the tip of 2022 – responded: “However there has by no means been a driver like me.”

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Lewis Hamilton dealing with robust battle for eighth title

Hamilton goes into the yr trying to turn into the outright most profitable System 1 driver ever by taking an elusive eighth World Championship, however contingent to that success can be how a lot Mercedes have improved over winter in comparison with Purple Bull and Ferrari.

Even when they do make vital strides, there isn’t any assure will probably be sufficient to place the Silver Arrows again within the title hunt from the off in Bahrain in March.

Although Hamilton seemingly had the measure of team-mate George Russell within the second half of final season particularly, it was nonetheless a detailed battle between the 2 and with Mercedes’ no-team-order coverage, he must battle the driving force on the opposite facet of his storage in addition to the Purple Bull and Ferrari duos if he’s to take victories once more in 2023.

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