When Lewis Hamilton first signed on the dotted line to become part of the AMG Mercedes team, he knew he was taking a big risk. Just one win in the previous three seasons and a car that even a seven-time world champion could not conquer, meant Hamilton was taking a gamble.
But after just round seven of the 2013 season, to be fourth in the championship with three podiums is a pretty good showing. Not only is the Mercedes performing better than many would have expected, he is a much more focused, free Lewis Hamilton.
So to see Lewis going back to his mellow, subdued tone when responding to the media after the Canadian Grand Prix on Sunday was disappointing. Ok he'd just been passed by his greatest rival in Fernando Alonso, but to only drop one place and earn a podium finish is a solid result.
The victories will come for Hamilton. As much as he is a winner, he did not sign up for a title challenge this season. He must look at what his expectations were at the beginning of the year, and what they will be for next year, where rule changes should favour him. Once that is considered, he's doing a fine job.
Tough lessons taught to rookies in Montreal
The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve proved more than a tough test for many of Formula One's youngsters last weekend. Valtteri Bottas, the star of qualifying on Saturday with his brilliant third place, had a disappointing race where he gradually slipped down the order to finish 14th. On a more positive note, he handled the start brilliantly from the lights. Many a time last season we saw the chaos rookies can cause when they qualify toward the front of the grid. Bottas was not bullied, but was also sensible in his decision making.
Giedo van der Garde on the other hand, did not display sensible decision making on Sunday. His sloppy collision with the passing Mark Webber ended in front wing damage for the Red Bull driver. Fortunately for Van der Garde it did not end Webber's race, but at 28-years of age and a lot of motorsport experience, he shouldn't be interfering with the front-runners.