Lewis Hamilton will set new winless record if he doesn’t take victory at British Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton is at risk of breaking an unwanted record for a change, with the Briton on the verge of setting a new personal tally for most races in a row without taking victory in Formula 1.

The 7-time world champion has naturally become accustomed to winning over the last eight years with Mercedes easily the most dominant force since 2014.

Indeed, he racked up victory after victory heading into 2021, and even as Max Verstappen and Red Bull finally challenged his dominance, he was still a regular on the top step last year.

2022, though, has been far from plain sailing for Lewis and Mercedes, with him only achieving two podium finishes so far this season – the second of which came last weekend in Montreal – and, indeed, he’s now on the verge of earning an unwanted record.

Indeed, if Hamilton does not win the British Grand Prix next weekend, he will set a new personal record for longest streak in the sport without winning a race.

It’s some feat that he’s actually only ever gone 10 Grands Prix at most in a row without a victory, and it is the fourth time he has hit this point.

Back in 2009, when his McLaren car was well off of the pace, he suffered a barren run and, in 2013, he actually suffered the winless streak twice, with the second leaking into 2014, with Red Bull and Sebastian Vettel proving very dominant as the German sealed his fourth Drivers’ title.

It’s at Silverstone, though, where it could become an unprecedented 11 races straight with Hamilton in without seeing him win, but he is perhaps going to a circuit where he is best placed to end the streak.

lewis hamilton will set new winless record if he doesn’t take victory at british grand prix
© Provided by Give Me Sport MONTREAL, QUEBEC – JUNE 19: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team W13 on track during the F1 Grand Prix of Canada at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 19, 2022 in Montreal, Quebec. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

He’s won around the track on eight occasions – more than any other driver – and so it’s perhaps here in the UK where he has more chance of returning to the top step than any other location this season.

Of course, it all depends on how the Mercedes W13 handles the track surface but it should favour the car, with the tarmac nice and smooth compared to the likes of Monaco and Baku in particular, where performance wasn’t as good as it could have been.

Hamilton himself has said earlier this season he’s hoping the team is aiming at Silverstone as a return to winning ways but, with Max Verstappen in great form and the Ferrari cars also quicker – providing they finish – it’s still clear that the odds favours others than Lewis ahead of the British Grand Prix.

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