With the Silverstone Grand Prix this weekend, reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton gives a revealing insight into his position.
“Racing in the midfield is different from racing at the front,” he admits.
“When you’re trying to win a championship and you’re battling at the front, your approach is different – you’ve got to look after your tyres, make sure your strategy is correct, match the guy in front or behind and ensure your pit-stops are perfect.
“It’s a very disciplined way of racing.”
Not having a clear road ahead is forcing him to rethink the way he goes about his racing, but he insists that he is trying to make the most of the change of circumstances.
He said: “When you’re fighting to get past other cars and battling your way up the grid, it’s actually a lot more straightforward – and can still be fun.
“It’s all about you and the other driver – how do you get past him, how do you stay ahead, can you pass him in the pit-stops?”
It’s been a tough start to the season for the McLaren driver, because his car just can’t hack it against the likes of Jenson Button’s “monster” Brawn GP or even the Red Bulls’.
But Hamilton is being philosophical about his situation.
“It’s true that this year is my first difficult year of F1 but, with each day, I think I’m becoming a better person and a better driver because of it,” he admits.
“I’ve been through some fantastic times with the team and I’m sure we’ll get back there soon.”
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team