Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton extends his Mercedes stay. Image: @LewisHamilton/Twitter

Will Lewis Hamilton finally get his elusive 104th F1 win in Austin?

The new Mercedes floor has given Lewis Hamilton confidence in the car. The seven-time world champion displayed good pace in Friday’s session.

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton extends his Mercedes stay. Image: @LewisHamilton/Twitter

Seven-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton is still trying to get his elusive 104 career win.

The 38-year-old last won an F1 race back in 2021 in Saudi Arabia.

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The Mercedes driver enjoyed dominance from 2014-21 but the new F1 regulation changes in 2022 have seen Hamilton struggle with the W13 and W14 cars.

Hamilton displayed good pace in Friday’s session, and at one stage looked to be on course to top the timesheets, but ultimately he finished in third, with his final lap being 0.139s away from that of Leclerc in P1.

The United States Grand Prix, staged in Austin, takes place on Sunday evening.

Hamilton hopeful that Merc will have the pace to win

“The balance is pretty much very similar to what we had before, but we’re just generally a little bit faster than we were before,” Hamilton was quoted on Formula1.com.

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“But unfortunately not quick enough to get the Ferraris or the McLaren [of Lando Norris in P2] today, but we’ve got to keep pushing and I know that’s what everyone’s doing.”

Hamilton’s pace during Free Practice 1 on Friday suggest he maybe in for a win if he gets a good start.

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His rival Max Verstappen starts from sixth for Sunday’s main race.

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