Despite taking third place in the Canadian GP and taking the podium for the second time in the 2022 Formula 1 season, Lewis Hamilton hit a negative mark last Sunday (19/6): he equaled the longest streak without a win in his career.
But it is not the first time the British driver has had a winning streak in F1. In 2013, the seven-time world champion also finished 10 races without a win. That year, the driver was still adopting the Mercedes car, the team he had transferred to.
The first time he had a win fast was in 2009, when he was still competing for McLaren. After becoming world champion for the first time in 2008, the following year was not the best, with Hamilton finishing the championship only in fifth place.
End of an era or Mercedes’ fault?
Having disputed the title until the last race last season, when he won until the last lap, it was expected that Hamilton would be strong for this year’s contention in his quest for an eighth championship. However, several misfits in a Mercedes car have prevented the driver from competing for the title.
In addition to the team’s shortcomings, some changes to the rules could explain the poor performance of Hamilton and Mercedes. To make matters worse, the driver has suffered back pain due to porpoising, a side impact in the vehicle that causes him to bounce on the track in straight or sharp turns.
Although the expectation is not the greatest, the next Formula 1 Grand Prix will take place in the United Kingdom, a great opportunity for Hamilton to win again at home with the support of fans.