Mercedes appeared to be off the pace in pre-season testing compared to rivals Red Bull but since the start of the campaign, the team has fought back.
Hamilton excelled with three wins from the first four races after engaging in close combat with Max Verstappen but Monaco was a struggle for the whole team, with the world champion only seventh.
The team’s trackside engineering director, Andrew Shovlin, said that Hamilton had realised the extent of the challenge in pre-season testing but the British driver says he is taking the same approach as always.
“Every year, your goal is to extract absolutely everything,” he said. “There’s never a year that you arrive, whether you’ve got two tenths, half a second, there’s never a moment that you’re, like, ‘I’m going to give a little bit less’.
“Every year you give absolutely everything and just sometimes things just don’t go as planned: you could be distracted by things, you don’t capitalise on opportunities, you might not be always as complete as you like.
“This year that’s not necessarily the case. It started out the way I wanted, I’ve adjusted to the whole disruption of the pandemic and how to maximise.”
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