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Hamilton chasing 1st win of season


Lewis Hamilton enters his 300th Formula One race at the French Grand Prix this weekend in the uncustomar­y position of chasing his first win of the season. The seven-time world champion holds the F1 record with 103 victories and 103 poles, but the 37-year-old British driver also shares two records with fellow great Michael Schumacher: seven world titles and winning at least one race in 15 straight seasons. Schumacher won every year from his 1992 F1 debut through 2006, while Hamilton has one every year since his 2007 series debut. But Hamilton is winless through the first 12 races of this season. He is inching closer to the top of the podium after three straight podium finishes since Mercedes ironed out ongoing issues with bouncing. F1 races Sunday in the French Grand Prix. “It’s been really positive to have some consistenc­y. We’re constantly adding performanc­e, we’re constantly progressin­g and there’s a lot to come,” Hamilton said. As for standout moments in his illustriou­s career, Hamilton selected his first F1 win in 2007, his first title in 2008, and winning on his home track at Silverston­e.

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