Lewis Hamilton says he is still taking positives from his indifferent start to the 2016 Formula 1 World Championship season, joking he has at least shown he has overtaking ability.

Finishing second and third in the opening two rounds in Australia and Bahrain after fighting back from turn one incidents, Hamilton was already on the back foot for China when an ERS problem saw him start last, only to again collide with a rival at the opening bend.

Clawing his way back up to fifth in the closing stages, Hamilton eventually faded to seventh, which coupled to Nico Rosberg's third win from three races, leaves him 36 points adrift of his Mercedes team-mate heading to this weekend's Russian Grand Prix.

Despite the set-backs, Hamilton says he remains confident he can re-establish himself in the title fight and is refusing to let himself be disheartened by his recent run of luckless form.

"There was plenty going through my head after China, as you'd expect. But, after all these years, experience has taught me to stay calm and keep pushing forwards when I get knocked back. I've been here before a few times now.

"A lot can happen over the next eighteen race weekends and I have the utmost confidence in this team. But adversity is part of the journey: it brings us closer, makes us stronger and I know that together we'll bounce back, so I'm confident of better weekends to come.

"There are lots of positives to carry into the next battle. If nothing else, I know after these first few races that I can still overtake! I had a great start in China too, so hopefully I can continue that and use it to my advantage to build my races from a better base."

Hamilton was a race winner in the 2015 Russian Grand Prix, held at the Sochi Autodrom.