Lewis Hamilton breaks yet another record amid Mercedes woes

Lewis Hamilton's podium in Melbourne was his 17th consecutive year of claiming a rostrum.

Even when Lewis Hamilton isn’t winning races, he continues to break record after record, with the seven-time World Champion having surpassed yet another benchmark at the recent Australian Grand Prix.

By claiming second place at the Albert Park Circuit, Hamilton extended his record of having finished on the podium at least once in 17 consecutive seasons, dating back to his rookie campaign in 2007.

His podium in Melbourne saw him eclipse the record of 16 consecutive seasons with a podium, something he held with fellow seven-time World Champion Michael Schumacher.

It means the vast majority of records are currently in Hamilton’s possession, although, there aren’t many more he’ll likely break.

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With Fernando Alonso likely to race for a couple more seasons yet, Hamilton is unlikely to break the record for most race starts, something the Spaniard has full control of.

The one record that Hamilton has his eyes firmly on is, of course, an unprecedented eighth World Championship, something which doesn’t look likely this year.

Had it not been for the controversial ending of the 2021 season finale, then Hamilton would already be an eight-time World Champion; however, for the time being he’s sat on seven alongside Schumacher.

For Hamilton to have a chance at claiming an eighth, Mercedes will need to offer him a better car, with Red Bull currently being far superior.

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One thing that is currently bothering Hamilton with the W14 is its seat position, something the 103-time race winner has asked to be changed.

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“I don’t know if people know, but we sit closer to the front tyres than all the other drivers – our cockpit is too close to the front,” Hamilton said, as reported by Sky Sports.

“When you’re driving, you feel like you’re sitting on the front wheels, which is one of the worst feelings when you’re driving a car – if you were driving your car back home and you pulled the wheels beneath your legs, you would not be happy when you’re approaching the roundabout.

“What that does is it changes the attitude of the car and how you perceive its movement, and it makes it harder to predict compared to when you’re sitting back, more in the centre and it’s just something I’ve really struggled with.”