Lewis Hamilton reveals the Queen told him off at the Royal lunch
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Lewis Hamilton has insisted that he will not be disappointed if he loses his record of winning a race in every F1 season he has taken part in between now and the end of the campaign. The 37-year-old has failed to claim any victories this year as a result of Mercedes’ distinct lack of pace, with the Silver Arrows still struggling to keep up with their Constructors’ Championship rivals on a regular basis.
Hamilton only has six races left to end his dry spell and maintain his record for the most consecutive seasons in F1 with at least one Grand Prix victory, which he currently shares with fellow seven-time champion Michael Schumacher. There is a big chance that he will not be able to do so if Mercedes fail to close the gap to the likes of Ferrari and Red Bull over the coming weeks, although he does not view the milestone as a significant objective despite believing that he can still win a race before the end of the year.
“I’m grateful that each year we have had, since 2007, an opportunity to win,” said Hamilton when quizzed on his incredible 15-year streak.
“I do believe that we’re going to have a chance this year, still got some races to go. And that’s definitely a real big goal for us as a team, to get back to the front and be fighting for the lead.
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“I’m not focused on the record but of course, I’m trying to get that win this year. But the record is not important to me, just because I don’t really care about records in general.”
Hamilton registered two second-placed finishes in France and Hungary earlier this season and has managed to get on the podium on six occasions, but remains without a win since taking victory at last year’s Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. He will be hoping to challenge the likes of Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc for the honours at the next opportunity in Singapore, where Mercedes could be set to produce a strong showing if everything falls into place for them.
Their results have largely been circuit-dependent since the beginning of the year, with the slower and twistier nature of Singapore likely to suit Mercedes to a greater degree than higher-speed venues like Spa or Monza. Hamilton went on to insist that it is difficult to predict where the Silver Arrows will be competitive over the next six races as they look to secure at least one Grand Prix victory before the season draws to a close in November.
“I have no idea where our car is going to be great,” he added. “It was a surprise when we got in the car [at Zandvoort] and the car felt so much better than [at Spa], like completely different to the previous weekend.
“But I’m hoping more often than not, it feels like Budapest and [Zandvoort] for the rest of the races.”
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