Hamilton has picked up just seven points from the last two races after Mercedes struggled throughout the Monaco Grand Prix weekend and then the Briton accidentally flicked the “magic” button on his car causing him to lock his brakes and spin out of the points in the Azerbaijan.
But the seven-time world champion, whose dent to his own title hopes was diminished by Verstappen having bowed out in Baku with a blowout, said: “Max wasn’t in the race at the time so I definitely wasn’t under pressure from him.
“I don’t feel any pressure, I feel pretty relaxed. A mistake is when you drive off the track after missing your braking point or a hit the wall. I don’t count it as a mistake and I don’t even know what the mistake before that was.”
Despite the two lacklustre races, his previous three grand prix victories mean he is just four points behind Verstappen going into this weekend’s French Grand Prix, round seven of the 2021 season.
And Hamilton is confident he and Mercedes can prove their critics wrong this weekend.
“We continue to strive for perfection, we continue to unite and there is not really a lot we can’t do when we are together and united,” he said, “so I am looking forward to getting back onto a track where we probably won’t be as affected with tyre temps, for example.
“The last two races have definitely been really difficult for us as a whole, as a team. Fortunately, with two terrible races for us we ended up being very, very close in points so the race is still very much on.”