Hamilton behaving like a 'true champion' - Wolff


Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says Lewis Hamilton is behaving like a "true champion" after his poor start to the season. 

Hamilton's championship defence has got off to a slow start, with second-, third- and seventh-place finishes in the opening three rounds. 

The Brit sits 36 points behind team-mate Nico Rosberg in the drivers' standings, with the German having won all three races in 2016. 

Wolff says the two Mercedes drivers are in a good head space, with Hamilton dealing with his difficult start in a calm fashion.

"Both drivers are in a good place mentally," Wolff said. "Nico is in great form but keeping his feet firmly on the ground.

"Lewis would have every right to feel disheartened by his start to the season - but he is calm and confident, handling adversity like a true champion."

Hamilton started from the back of the grid in China after a power unit failure in qualifying, but the three-time world champion is keeping positive going into Sunday's race in Russia.

"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," he said.

"A lot can happen over the next 18 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."

Hamilton will be looking to win a third consecutive Russian Grand Prix after the track was introduced to the F1 calendar in 2014.