Ross Brawn believes that Lewis Hamilton has taken time to settle in at Mercedes since joining the team at the beginning of the season, but now the Briton is comfortable his future is looking bright.
Hamilton claimed his maiden win for the team last weekend in Hungary and in doing so became the first driver to win a grand prix in all of his first seven seasons in the sport. Brawn is unconcerned by the time it took Hamilton to find his feet, believing that it is normal for there to be an adjustment period.
“When a driver of Lewis’s calibre joins a team, there is massive expectation but every driver takes a little time to settle in, to understand the nuances,” Brawn explained to the BBC. “It has taken a little while but I see great signs, particularly the last few races.”
Brawn also refused to estimate Hamilton’s prospects for the rest of the season, instead believing that he has the momentum to continue his winning streak after the summer break.
“[Hamilton] is starting to pick up momentum and move in the right direction, so we honestly don’t know where the limit is, because we are on a journey with Lewis and we don’t know where the limits are,” Brawn said.
Hamilton trails championship leader Sebastian Vettel by 48 points, but, with nine races left in the season and in this kind of form, it is difficult to rule the 2008 world champion out of the title fight.