Lewis Hamilton insists he isn't feeling any pressure to perform after a late pit-stop in the Turkish Grand Prix saw him lose points in his push for a record-breaking eighth World Championship.
Although the Mercedes driver entered the weekend atop the standings, he now finds himself trailing Max Verstappen by six points. The Red Bull driver managed to come home second behind Valtteri Bottas, while Hamilton's race was anything but straightforward.
Tasked with climbing through the field following a 10-place engine grid penalty, Hamilton looked to be in line for a podium finish. However, he had to settle for P5 in the end, as Toto Wolff admitted the team didn't get their tyre strategy right towards the end of the race.
When asked if he's facing any pressure with six races remaining in the 2021 F1 season, Hamilton was defiant.
"I don't feel any pressure, I've been very chilled," Hamilton told RacingNews365.com and other members of the media.
"I don't like losing points, but that's just the way it is. I did everything I could this weekend."
One positive for Hamilton is that Verstappen wasn't able to challenge Bottas for the lead on Sunday.
Hamilton says Mercedes haven't made any changes to the car in recent weeks, but he hopes the positive feeling he had behind the wheel in Russia and Turkey continues moving forward.
"We haven't done anything to the car, so I don't really know why that is the case," Hamilton added.
"I think the two tracks that we've just driven on maybe suited us a little bit more.
"The car has been feeling good [and] it felt great this weekend. Valtteri did a great job today, and if he can continue to perform like that over the next races, that will be good for the team.
"If the car continues to behave as it has this weekend, that will be good for us."