Defiant Lewis Hamilton reflects on 2022, makes Singapore GP prediction

Sir Lewis Hamilton has revealed that Mercedes are targeting second in the Constructors' Championship.

Sir Lewis Hamilton has just six races remaining to extend his record of having won at least once in every season he’s competed in – a streak that dates back to 2007.

The seven-time World Champion has had a challenging year, as have Mercedes.

The Silver Arrows are set to lose their Constructors’ crown, which they’ve held for eight-years.

Hamilton has felt the brunt of the team’s struggles, literally, after suffering from extreme spinal pain at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix as a result of the team’s early season porpoising problem.

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Whilst things have improved, the Germans are still yet to win a race; however, Hamilton “doesn’t look at [2022] as a dry spell”.

The Briton spoke during the week at Petronas towers in Malaysia, where Mercedes announced that their partnership with the Malaysian gas giant will extend beyond 2026.

The 103-time GP winner thinks his side have “gained a lot of strength”, from not winning, after admitting that “you don’t gain a lot” from consistent glory.

“I look at it as a bit of adversity and I think that’s where you can really gain strength,” said the 37-year-old.

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“I think we’ve gained a lot of strength in depth. When you winning all the time it’s a wonderful thing but you don’t gain a lot when you win.

“There are six races [left] so there’s six opportunities and we will try to get a win, but if we do not do well, I do not think it is the end of the world.

“We will get back to the top,” stated the Mercedes driver.

For the time being, the Silver Arrows are working towards overtaking Ferrari for second in the Constructors’ Championship, with Red Bull on the verge of claiming the title due to having a 139-point lead over the Italians.

Whilst Ferrari are faster than the Brackley-based team, their countless strategic errors have allowed Mercedes to quietly close them down.

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The Germans are now only 35 points behind the Maranello-based outfit, with Hamilton having sent a warning to the Scuderia that it’s their “goal” to take second in the standings.

“Our goal is to try and get second in the teams because that does make a huge impact for everybody back at the factory and so these next six races are just about maximum attack, nothing to lose and going to give it hell,” Hamilton added.

“I would say Singapore should be a good track for us because it’s a high downforce circuit. However it is bumpy.”