Lewis Hamilton has provided an honest assessment of his season so far, describing his start the 2019 campaign as “quite average”.
The reigning World Champion currently sits top of the standings by 17 points following his third career victory around the mean streets of Monte Carlo.
His winning drive in Monaco earned plenty of plaudits, many from within his own team after they decided to strap on the medium tyres to last him to the checkered flag from a very early Safety Car period.
But, despite four victories from six races, Hamilton does not feel as if he is performing to a very high standard.
“I definitely feel that it’s been quite an average performance from myself, maybe above average but generally quite average for the first six races,” Hamilton said via Motorsport Week.
“I feel like I’ve got the best I could get. I’ve arrived prepared – the best prepared I could be – but in terms of extracting the true performance from the car, I feel like I’ve struggled a little bit in these six races.
“I guess that’s kind of similar to other seasons but without doubt it’s going to improve as the knowledge you gain over the season race by race, particularly with the tyres this year, where the window is even smaller.
“I do anticipate things will get better as it will be for all of us.
“I hope, at some stage, that I’m able to crack the issues that I’ve had and get back to the form that I have within me.
“Whether that’s the next race or 10 races from now, I can’t really say but I am very, very focused on making sure I rectify any of those.”