Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn believes Lewis Hamilton needs more time to get the most out of the Mercedes.
Hamilton leads fellow Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg by 62 points to 47 after six races, but has been beaten to pole position by his team mate at the last three Grands Prix.
“I think it is quite a subtle thing, but it will just be time quite frankly,” was Brawn’s view on what Hamilton needs to be at his best with his new team.
Brawn added Hamilton “might vary from Nico in terms of what he is looking for.”
“Nico has been with the team four or five years and he knows exactly what buttons to press. Lewis is developing his understanding of that; of what person to go to if you want to discuss that, or who you go to if you want to debate certain aspects of the car.”
Mercedes’ technical staff has been bolstered this week by the arrival of Paddy Lowe from McLaren, who Hamilton has many years’ experience of working with.
Following Rosberg’s win in the Monaco Grand Prix Hamilton admitted he wasn’t fully comfortable with how his Mercedes behaves under braking, which has previously been one of his key strengths as a racing driver.