Lewis Hamilton has rejected recent comments made by Bernie Ecclestone suggesting that the seven-times World Champion is no longer the "fighter" he once was.
Ecclestone said of Hamilton in a recent interview: "I have spoken to lots of people about this and perhaps Lewis is not quite the fighter that he was.
"There are lots of occasions this year where he could have done better and he hasn’t. He hasn’t had any competition, the equipment has always been super, and he hasn’t really had to make the effort. But now maybe he is thinking that he better take it a bit easier."
However, when asked about the remarks ahead of the British Grand Prix, Hamilton admitted he had not been aware of them until arriving at Silverstone, but made it clear that he has a very different take on how he has evolved as an F1 driver.
"I don’t really have a response. I actually wasn’t aware of it until I arrived for the weekend," Hamilton told RacingNews365.com and other select media.
"But honestly, this has been such an interesting week. We’ve had the football, which was exciting for one moment and then obviously quite difficult afterwards, and there has been amazing support, positivity I would say, since.
"Obviously, with this Commission, I have just been focused on that. No one is side-tracking me.
"I’m definitely not the driver I was when I started. I think I’m better and I know myself way more than I ever did."
Former Formula 1 CEO Ecclestone left his role within the sport in 2017.
Meanwhile Hamilton will be hoping to regain momentum in the title battle with Max Verstappen at the British Grand Prix. The Dutchman currently leads Hamilton by 32 points in the Drivers' Standings, whilst Red Bull have a 44-point advantage over Mercedes.