Lewis Hamilton insists maintaining his record of winning at least one race in each Formula 1 season he has competed in is of “zero importance” to him.
Hamilton has won in every F1 season since his debut for McLaren in 2007, but with Mercedes dropping its form this year, his record it at risk of being lost.
The seven-time world champion is on the longest winless streak of his career, stretching back to last year’s Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, leaving him with just six races to end his barren run.
Mercedes has shown more promise as the season has gone on after overcoming its earlier troubles of porpoising, but it is still struggling to match the pace of rivals Red Bull and Ferrari.
Asked if preserving his record of winning in every season mattered to him, Hamilton stressed his focus lies more with helping Mercedes improve its on-track performance.
“I’m grateful that each year we have had, since 2007, an opportunity to win,” said Hamilton, as quoted by Motorsport.com.
“I do believe that we’re going to have a chance this year, [there are] still got some races to go. And that’s definitely a real big goal for us as a team, to get back to the front and be fighting for the lead.”
Should Hamilton win one of the six remaining races in 2022, he would surpass Michael Schumacher’s record for most consecutive seasons with a victory – with both currently tied on 15.
“I’m not focused on the record but of course, I’m trying to get that win this year,” said Hamilton.
“But the record is not important to me, just because I don’t really care about records in general.”
Mercedes has seen its form swing between races since the summer break, where it was off the pace at high-speed circuits Spa and Monza but fighting at the front on Zandvoort’s twisty layout.
The German manufacturer has already talked up its chances of being more competitive at the next race in Singapore, as the street track is likely to suit the W13 similar to Zandvoort and Hungary.
Asked about Mercedes’ prospects for the remaining races, Hamilton said: “I have no idea where our car is going to be great.
“It was a surprise when we got in the car, and the car felt so much better than [at Spa], like completely different to the previous weekend. But I’m hoping more often than not, it feels like Budapest and [Zandvoort] for the rest of the races.”