F1: Hamilton says failure to win this season ‘not end of the world’ | Racing News

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Seven-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton said on Wednesday he did not consider it “a dry spell” or “the end of the world” if he failed to win a racing this season.
The Brit has struggled all year in his mercedes and ahead of Sunday night’s race in Singapore is well out of contention for another world title, with Red Bull Max Verstappen about to retain his crown.
That’s a far cry from last season, when the two battled it out for the title in the final race, and Hamilton and Mercedes have yet to take the checkered flag this season.
“I don’t see it as a dry spell. I think this year has been a year of growth. It’s been a good experience for everyone,” Hamilton told reporters in Kuala Lumpur.
“There are six races left (left) so there are six opportunities and we will try to win, but if we don’t do well I don’t think it’s the end of the world.
“We will get back to the top.”
The 37-year-old has called this season “one of the toughest seasons” of his career, having struggled with a car that suffered from porpoising – bouncing at high speeds – and was deemed faulty against the dominant. red bulls.
“We just need to understand the car,” Hamilton added.
However, along with teammate and fellow Briton George Russell, Mercedes is battling with Ferrari for second place in the constructors’ championship.
“Our target is a second place. Hopefully in the next six races we will do well,” he said.
Previously, Mercedes signed a deal to extend its title sponsorship of Malaysian oil giant Petronas on a multi-year contract until at least 2029.

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