Mercedes has remained unsuccessful in winning a Grand Prix this season, while Lewis Hamilton’s personal winning streak dates back to 2021, starting from Saudia Arabia. Will Mexico be the place where the dry spell of the Brackley-based team finally comes to an end, or will their streak continue?
In a surprising revelation, Lewis Hamilton has hinted that Mercedes might indeed pose a challenge at the forefront of the pack during the upcoming Mexico City Grand Prix weekend. The seven-time world champion has further stated that this could potentially be their final opportunity to claim a victory in 2023, leaving them with only one remaining chance to seize glory.
Mercedes’s victory drought continues this season, as they have yet to claim a single win. The only exception was in Singapore, where Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz stole the spotlight. However, this season has been overwhelmingly dominated by Max Verstappen, who has secured a staggering 15 wins out of a total of 18 races.
Hamilton exhibited impressive speed throughout the Grand Prix in his previous outing in the United States. He secured a commendable second-place finish, only to later face disqualification due to a technical violation. Currently, Hamilton aims to terminate his personal win drought, which has extended since the 2021 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.
With only five races left in the season, the Brackley-based team has limited opportunities to avoid ending the year without a win for the first time since 2011. Hamilton believes that the races in Mexico and Brazil offer the team the best chances to maintain this record.
Hamilton considers Mexico and Brazil to be Mercedes’ strongest prospects.
He expressed his belief that it is always challenging to confidently declare, “Hey, this place will be great, and that place will be fantastic,” during a conversation with media outlets such as RacingNews365.
“We have made progress by moving forward.” As the upcoming four races approach, it is impossible for me to anticipate whether we will be getting closer or farther away in any of them.
In my opinion, we had a strong connection in this place last year. Hopefully, this weekend will bring us one step closer to truly giving it our all.
Perhaps, if we manage to execute the strategy well this weekend, we have a good chance of confronting them head-on.
During the previous year’s campaign, Mercedes secured its sole victory in Brazil, where George Russell triumphed over Hamilton, crossing the finish line first.
Hamilton added that Brazil was a great circuit for them last year. “If it happens that we are closer in there again, those will be two exceptionally powerful races for us.”
“In Abu Dhabi, the gap seems to widen once more.” “I believe our best opportunity lies with these next two.”