Mercedes: What’s gone wrong at the F1 and can they recover?
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Lewis Hamilton has claimed there’s “a bigger picture” to being in F1 that doesn’t involve beating Michael Schumacher’s F1 record. The Mercedes star stressed the “journey is the most important part” and says he wanted to “elevate lots of people”.
However, the seven-time champion still admits he has one eye on surpassing Schumacher’s record. Hamilton has already secured seven world titles to match the German star’s record and won more races over his career.
The Briton came close to winning the eighth crown last season but lost to Max Verstappen after a late safety car at the Abu Dhabi season finale. Hamilton came close to winning other titles in 2007 and 2016 before losing out at the last race.
Speaking to F1.com, Hamilton explained: “Of course, the idea that no driver in history has ever gone past seven, you want to try and accomplish that. But I guess – as you get older – you realise the journey is the most important part and the ride that you do with all the people, and all the people that you bring with you, and all the people that you try to elevate.
“There’s an opportunity to elevate lots of people, not only in your team, but with the work that we’re doing, with Mission 44 – there’s a much bigger picture to it. But from a personal point of view, winning another world title continues to be a goal. I’ll be so proud to be able to do that for this team.”
Mercedes have been unable to challenge Red Bull and Ferrari this season as the Silver Arrows continue to lack pace. Hamilton went on a run of five back-to-back podium finishes between the Canadian and Hungarian Grand Prix.
However, the Mercedes star has struggled since the summer break after crashing in Belgium and finishing outside the top three at the Dutch and Italian Grand Prix.
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Hamilton’s poor run has left him 35 points behind new team-mate George Russell who has starred at the team this season. The former Williams star has picked up even podiums for the German manufacturer, one more than Hamilton in 2022.
Earlier this week, Mercedes trackside operations director, Andrew Shovlin, revealed Mercedes had now switched their focus to next season. He commented: “The focus this year, changed relatively early to one of learning, making sure we can get back to a competitive position for next year.
“And the signs that we’ve seen over the last six or seven races have been encouraging.”
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