Formula 1: What is the true power of Red Bull Powertrains?
It didn’t take long for Lewis Hamilton to break another record in the 2022 Formula 1 season, despite a relatively quiet opening weekend.
Seven-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton’s prediction that Mercedes would struggle in the early stages of the 2022 season proved to be accurate at Bahrain International Circuit during the Bahrain Grand Prix race weekend.
The Silver Arrows clearly had the third best car behind Ferrari and Red Bull, with Hamilton and teammate George Russell set to finish in fifth and sixth place, respectively, before both Red Bulls were forced to retire with late fuel pump issues.
As a result, Hamilton managed to end up on the podium alongside Ferrari teammates Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz Jr.
It is quite odd that a driver who entered the year with a record 103 wins and a record 182 podium finishes to his name finishing on the podium is considered an underdog story, but that’s exactly what this was.
And now the 37-year-old Briton has managed to secure at least one podium finish in each of his first 16 seasons in Formula 1.
Never before had a driver finished on the podium at least once in 16 straight seasons.
Hamilton tied fellow seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher’s record in this category by winning last year’s season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix following an epic clash with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, and now he has broken it.
Schumacher finished on the podium at least once for 15 straight seasons from 1992 to 2006. He also won at least one race during those seasons, and Hamilton did the same from 2007 to 2021, meaning that a victory for Hamilton in any one of the remaining 22 races on the 2022 schedule would break Schumacher’s record in this category as well.
Hamilton’s second attempt to break this record is scheduled to come this weekend at Jeddah Corniche Circuit, where he won the inaugural Saudi Arabian Grand Prix in memorable fashion last season. This race is set to be broadcast live on ESPN beginning at 1:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 27, so start your free trial of FuboTV today!