F1: Lewis Hamilton can win at Silverstone, says Mercedes team boss
SILVERSTONE, England — Lewis Hamilton has a real chance of winning his British Grand Prix at home on Sunday for a record ninth time and a Formula 1 podium for the first time this year, according to the boss of the Mercedes team, Toto Wolff.
The seven-time world champion has gone 10 races in a row without a win, the longest drought of his F1 career.
Once-dominant Mercedes have been beleaguered by a bouncing car as Red Bull and Ferrari set the tone in a new era of rules.
However, Mercedes are introducing major upgrades for Silverstone and Wolff refused to rule out a big result.
“I think if we give him a car that’s only a few tenths off the leader he will win the race,” Wolff told Reuters at Silverstone.
“He’s the most complete driver ever and everyone has their favorite circuit and with Lewis it was always Silverstone, as well as Montreal and Hungary.
“I guess if you have 150,000 people cheering you on in the stands, that gives you the home game advantage.”
When asked if Mercedes could give him a car close enough to his rivals, Wolff replied: “I hope so, that we have something closer to the leaders here than before.”
Hamilton, the most successful driver of all time, has 103 wins and poles, but so far this season has only managed two third-place finishes, including two weeks ago at Canada – the Montreal circuit where he has won his first victory in 2007.
He and Ferrari great Michael Schumacher are the only drivers to have won the same Grand Prix eight times and no driver has ever done so nine times.
“We are working for this first victory (of 2022). It would be an amazing result if we got that this weekend,” Hamilton said.
The 37-year-old is 34 points behind team-mate George Russell, who will be racing for Mercedes at home for the first time and has finished in the top five in every race this season.
“Lewis deserves a good result and a win because he’s been particularly unlucky this season and George’s driving has been nothing short of spectacular,” Wolff said.
“Him (Russell) winning a British Grand Prix would be like Lewis, both would be very exciting.”
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