Lewis Hamilton says maintaining his record of having won at least one Formula 1 race in every season of his career in 2022 has “zero importance” to him.
The 103-time race winner is the only driver in the history of the F1 World Championship to have recorded at least one win during every season in which they raced.
His last victory, as of September 17th 2022, was the 2021 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix – where he memorably collided with then-title rival Max Verstappen at the first-ever race in the country.
In 2022, Verstappen has won 11 of 16 races to date, with Hamilton’s Mercedes team struggling with its W13 design, but he remains optimistic that he can still score a win in the remaining Grands Prix.
Win record has “zero importance”
Hamilton’s best results in 2022 are a pair of second-place finishes in France and Hungary – while he languishes in sixth in the Drivers’ standings.
“Honestly it has zero importance to me,” Hamilton told media including RacingNews365.com.
“I’m grateful that each year since 2007 we’ve had an opportunity to win, and I do believe that we’re going to have a chance this year, we’ve still got some races to go.
“That’s definitely a real big goal for us as a team to get back to the front end and be fighting for the lead.
“I have no idea where our car is going to be great.
“It was a surprise when we got in the car at Zandvoort and it felt so much better and completely different to the previous weekend [in Spa].
“But I’m hoping, more often than not, it feels like Budapest and Zandvoort for the rest of the races.”