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

KUALA LUMPUR: Seven times Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton said Wednesday he wouldn’t see it as “a dry spell” or “end of the world” if he doesn’t win a race this season.
The Brit has struggled all year in his… Mercedes and for Sunday night’s race in Singapore is well out of the running for another world title, with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen about to keep his crown.
It’s far from last season, when the two face off for the title in the final race, and Hamilton and Mercedes have yet to take a checkered flag this season.
“I don’t see it as a dry spell. I feel like 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 more races (left) so there are six chances and we will try to win, but if we don’t do it right I don’t think it’s the end of the world.
“We’re going back to the top.”
The 37-year-old called this “one of the toughest seasons” of his career, after he struggled with a car that suffered from porpoises – bouncing at high speed – and was found underweight against the dominant red bulls.
“We just have to understand the car,” Hamilton added.
Despite all that, along with teammate and fellow Briton George Russell, Mercedes are battling with Ferrari for second place in the Constructors’ Championship.
“Our goal is second place. Hopefully we will do well for the next six races,” he said.
Mercedes previously signed an agreement to extend their title sponsorship with Malaysian oil giant Petronas with a multi-year contract until at least 2029.

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