Lewis Hamilton is hoping to repeat the best performances from his 15 years of Formula 1 racing at Silverstone ahead of a huge weekend for Mercedes at the 2022 British Grand Prix.
The veteran trails fifth-placed Carlos Sainz by 25 points and is 98 points behind championship leader Max Verstappen, whose Red Bull team leads Ferrari by 76 points at the top of the constructors’ standings, 116 ahead of Mercedes.
The smoother track at a sold-out Silverstone should suit Mercedes, who will make improvements at the 10th race of the season and enjoyed two encouraging practice sessions on Friday.
What wanted and unwanted records can Hamilton break? Which legends can he overtake with another successful performance? sports news have a look.
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When was Lewis Hamilton’s first British Grand Prix?
Hamilton was 22 when he made his British Grand Prix debut in 2007, leading to record ticket sales as fans flocked to see the exciting new talent take part in his first Formula 1 race on home soil.
Competing for McLaren-Mercedes, Hamilton delivered pole position in the dying seconds of qualifying, ahead of Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen and team-mate Fernando Alonso.
Raikkonen passed Hamilton after the first pit stop, finishing first ahead of Alonso and the Formula 1 newcomer.
Hamilton finished the race at the top of the drivers’ standings and was on course to win the championship until the last two races of the season, when Raikkonen’s victories in China and Brazil gave the Finn the title by one. point.
What is Lewis Hamilton’s record at Silverstone?
A year later Hamilton started fourth on the grid at wet Silverstone – and a tire change proved crucial as he won comfortably to become the first British race winner since David Coulthard eight years earlier.
Six years later, Hamilton was in his second season with Mercedes when he won the Grand Prix for the second time to begin a period of dominance reflecting his regular supremacy in the Drivers’ Championship.
The only year he hasn’t won the race since then was in 2018, when Hamilton finished second to Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, who would finish 88 points behind the champions at the end of the season.
Lewis Hamilton’s record at Silverstone
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What records can Hamilton beat at Silverstone?
Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher is the only other driver to win the same race eight times thanks to the seven-time world champion’s remarkable record at the French Grand Prix.
While Hamilton claims the all-time record for an individual race, he will also be on the podium 12 times in his home race, breaking the record he shares with Alain Prost.
Hamilton has been on pole seven times at Silverstone and has a record 103 wins from 297 races overall.
There is, however, one unwelcome record that Hamilton will set if he does not triumph: going 11 races without a win for the first time in his career.
He last went 10 races without a win between the 2012 United States GP and the 2013 Hungarian Grand Prix.
Hamilton endured the same drought between the 2008 Chinese Grand Prix and Hungary the following year.
Will Lewis Hamilton win the 2022 British Grand Prix?
A first win of the calendar year for Hamilton would bring relief after their worst start to the season since 2009.
Hamilton would surely claim a victory as controversial as his victory in 2021, when he recovered from a 10-second penalty after pushing Max Verstappen into the barriers, ending his great rival’s run.
Mercedes tuning and upgrades should help. Given Hamilton’s struggles so far this season, a third podium in 10 races, passing Prost in the process, would be respectable.
Given Hamilton was second quickest in FP2, Mercedes will feel more confident than they have at any other point in the season ahead of qualifying on Saturday July 2.