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Hamilton sets target for when Mercedes must be ready to win races

Lewis Hamilton is yet to take a victory in 2022, but did stand on the podium at the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton has set Mercedes a target to be fighting with Red Bull and Ferrari at the front of the Formula 1 grid in time for the British Grand Prix. The seven-time World Champion is yet to taste victory in 2022, a feat he has achieved in each and every F1 season he has competed in. It comes with Mercedes' W13 struggling for pace due to a list of problems, some of which the team have so far been unable to shake. Last month's Spanish Grand Prix offered Hamilton hope that race wins were not far away after he fought from the back of the grid to finish fifth, showing pace to match the front-runners along the way. But last time out in Monaco, Mercedes were only best of the rest yet again, with both Hamilton and teammate George Russell experiencing bouncing through the narrow streets.

Hamilton targeting ninth British Grand Prix win

With less than a month to go until the British Grand Prix weekend on 1-3 July, Hamilton has hopes of adding to his eight Silverstone wins. The 37-year-old has stood on the podium only once in 2022, at the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix. "I'm hoping by Silverstone that we have the car where we need it, at least by then, to be able to fight these guys for the win," said Hamilton, speaking to members of the media, including RacingNews365.com . "That's what I'm working every day for, so that we can fight on home turf and give them the best race that we can."

Hamilton has "no doubts" that Mercedes will progress

Hamilton has faith that his Mercedes team will deliver him with a competitive car in time, as he prepares for upcoming races in Azerbaijan and Canada. He must also set about closing the gap between himself and Russell, with the younger driver having now built a 34-point lead in the teammate battle. "I know everyone back at the factory is working as hard as they can to continue to make advances with the car, and I have no doubts that we will," Hamilton explained.

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