Former F1 driver Johnny Herbert has claimed Lewis Hamilton will not be motivated by "revenge" as he seeks to claw back the world title from Max Verstappen.
Hamilton missed out on a record-breaking eighth world drivers' title in controversial circumstances at last year's season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix before disappearing from the public eye for a number of months.
In the leadup to the new season, the rivalry between Hamilton and Verstappen has been played up as one of the main talking points but Herbert does not believe the seven-time champion will be unduly distracted by the Dutchman.
"Some people seem to think that because of what happened last year, Lewis is going to be particularly motivated to come back for revenge," Herbert told Betway Insider.
"That’s not Lewis’ way. Lewis is motivated to do the best he can at any given track at any part of the season. He had that hunger in 2007 and he still has it now.
"It amazes me how receptive he is to learning, even as a seven-time champion.
"That said, I’m sure the way that Max is pushing him does help. It’s amazing, even for me as an ex-driver, to watch the way that these guys find ways to navigate their way through the season and adapt to different races.
"Driving around Bahrain is one thing, but then going to Saudi Arabia, to Australia, back to Europe, and so on requires so much adaptability and concentration.
"That’s the skillset that I think is going to make this Championship and I really hope that they both turn it on."