Mercedes statistic offers Lewis Hamilton and George Russell hope ahead of Miami Grand Prix

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Despite an under-par start to the 2022 season for constructors’ champions Mercedes, their driving pair Lewis Hamilton and George Russell could be set for a much improved week in Miami if stats are anything to go by. Formula 1 heads to the Florida-based track this week for the very first time.

And the Silver Arrows will be hoping to end their wait for a victory this campaign when heading to Miami, after enjoying plenty of success at inaugural races down the years. Mercedes have won the first race of every new circuit during the hybrid era according to a stat shared by @f1StatsGuru.

In a run that started back in 2014 at the then newly introduced Sochi, the constructors’ champions have gone on to win the inaugural race in Baku, Mugello, Portimao Losail and Jeddah. And, with Miami’s first ever F1 Grand Prix this weekend, Mercedes will be hoping to continue that run and secure their first win of 2022 – although that remains highly unlikely given the team’s struggles at the start of the year.

The man integral to that run was Hamilton, but after a remarkable few years the seven-time world champion has struggled to get going this campaign. His staggered start continued at Imola last time out, as the Englishman could only record a 13th-placed finish, after being lapped by race winner and 2021 title rival Max Verstappen.

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His new Mercedes teammate Russell has enjoyed more success than his fellow Englishman, as he sits in fourth in the drivers’ standings – three places and 21 points ahead of Hamilton in seventh. Despite his early struggles Russell believes it is only a matter of time before his teammate returns to the top of the grid.

“Lewis has clearly got the pace,” he told Sky Sports F1. “He’s incredibly fast and he’s shown that so far this year, but it’s just been tricky for us as a team to get it done when the time is needed.

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“When things have been more stable, Lewis has still been massively fast. I know there was a bit of a blip last weekend but I have no doubt he’s going to come back and the way he’s pushing the team and motivating the team is truly inspiring. We all want more. He wants more. Nobody is happy with the position we’re in currently.”

Mercedes have no doubt struggled to adapt to new vehicle rules and regulations implemented for 2022 to make F1 more competitive and an even playing field. Their loss however has been Ferrari’s gain, with the Prancing Horse leading the constructors’ standings and drivers’ leaderboard via Charles Leclerc heading into race five in Miami.

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