Lewis Hamilton believes he need to work on his consistency if he’s to lift his fourth Formula 1 world title in 2017.
Hamilton trails championship leader Sebastian Vettel by 12 points heading into the eighth round of the season in Baku, Azerbaijan.
While both title rivals have scored three wins apiece, Vettel has had a more consistent run with only one non-podium finish so far. Hamilton, meanwhile, struggled for pace in Russia and salvaged a seventh place result in Monaco after getting eliminated in the first part of qualifying.
Given how close Ferrari is to Mercedes this year, the 31-year-old feels the only way he can beat Vettel is by having fewer off-colour weekends.
"Consistency is the key to winning the championship," Hamilton said. "Up until now, Sebastian has had the consistency of a winning championship, so we have to improve on our consistency if we are going to have a shot at winning this title."
Hamilton is adamant that Ferrari has a better package to Mercedes this year, but is buoyed by the potential of the W08 Hybrid.
"[Ferrari] have had a more consistent season so far. We've had more of an up-and-down season," the triple world champion said. "I think they [Ferrari] still are favorites in terms of the fact their car seems to work everywhere. But I think there's more unlocked potential in our car."
Asked how long it would take for Mercedes to exploit the full package, he said: "I'm hoping by August, coming into September, by then we are the favourites.”
by Rachit Thukral