The seven-time World Champion is nearing two years since his last Grand Prix win, and has struggled at times to extract the most out of his Mercedes package this season.
According to Jacques Villeneuve, Lewis Hamilton is not accustomed to pushing the limits of his performance because he has had an easier car to drive in previous years. Although Hamilton recently won the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix and secured pole position in Hungary by a narrow margin, he has struggled to convert promising Fridays into successful qualifying sessions. This has resulted in starting races from unfavorable positions, such as 11th place in Las Vegas. Villeneuve believes that Hamilton’s lack of experience in extracting fractions of a second is due to his long-standing dominance and the superiority of his previous car, which offered more horsepower and allowed him to win even without the right strategy or setup. Returning to find that last tenth of a second is a challenge for Hamilton, and he needs to regain his familiarity with pushing himself to the limit.