There are only six races left in 2022 for Lewis Hamilton or George Russell to claim the top step, and Mercedes is facing their worst win draught since 2013.
Damon Hill, the reigning F1 World Champion, believes that Mercedes may need to compete in a “crazy race” in order to triumph at Grand Prix in 2022 and prevent Max Verstappen from claiming the final six triumphs.
The Silver Arrows are under a lot of pressure to perform, but Hill said on the F1 Nation podcast that considering where they are in the standings in comparison to Red Bull and Ferrari, it might require a certain set of conditions.
“Believe me when you’re in that situation in the sport, you know, is pressures enormous from the media. But we’re still asking the question Can Mercedes win race?” he asked.
“Something will happen, we always get a crazy race somewhere between now and end of the year, there’s going to be a crazy race and Mercedes could well pick up that win.
“That would scupper Max’s chances of winning every single race to the end of the season. But we’ll see. There’s gonna be rain, one of them’s gonna be wet, Suzuka is going to be wet!”
Hill said that if Red Bull were to halt working on their car this year, it might let Mercedes to compete for victories in Abu Dhabi.
“If they [Red Bull] don’t do any more development now on this car, Ferrari and Mercedes will be all over them by time they get to Abu Dhabi.”
Verstappen doesn’t need to take anymore chances
Verstappen isn’t having to take any more chances in his racing, according to Hill, who noted that after a run of five straight wins and a 116-point lead.
“He’s not taking chances. He doesn’t need to anymore, he’s got it all under control hasn’t he? Clinical isn’t the right where but he’s just relaxed and driving brilliantly on top form.
“At Zandvoort, you could see him putting the car absolutely on the very edge of the track on the entry to that fast right-hander at the top of the back of the circuit, where you crest a hill.
“To actually keep your eye on the apex and keep and know exactly where the edge of your car is on the left hand side without putting a wheel on the sand, because that’s all there is at Zandvoort it’s not grass it’s sand, that was incredible to watch.”
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