Lewis Hamilton feels Formula 1's new sprint format, the crowd and development will give him a stronger chance of being victorious at the British GP as he looks to end his winless drought.
Hamilton has not won a race since the Spanish GP at the beginning of May whilst Red Bull have won five races during that time. This has resulted in Max Verstappen taking a lead of 32 points in the Drivers' Championship to Hamilton ahead of this weekend's 10th round at Silverstone.
“The first four races we had the car to fight and it was great,” Hamilton told RacingNews365.com and other members of the press. “They’ve taken a big step forwards so it’s not been too great the last few races, we’ve not been able to have that fight.
“I’m hopeful and really working as hard as I can with the team to put us back in that similar position that we were in at the beginning of the year because I think that’s what sparked the season off as exciting as it was.
"Such small differences between our in performance really meant that we could play, as drivers, an even bigger role. So I’m hopeful that comes back.”
The British GP will also host the inaugural sprint format which sees qualifying on Friday evening, followed by a 17-lap race on Saturday with points for the top three finishers, and the main race on Sunday. Hamilton thinks the sport's new concept with the support of the home crowd provides further opportunities.
“Another element we have is this sprint race that we have, this new format," said Hamilton. "Of course it’s easy for any of us to get it wrong but there’s opportunities there which is exciting.
“I’d like to think that the fans, there’s always been talk of the energy and buzz the fans bring and without doubt when it’s your home grand prix and it’s the British crowd you come with more, you’ve got more heat behind you.
“So I’m hoping that all those play together, closes that nice gap that those guys have grown out in terms of performance and that enables us to really take it to them this weekend.”