But Hamilton did add his experience could edge him ahead in the title battle this season.
“Time will tell, I will hope so,” added the 36-year-old. “And of course it’s been an incredibly difficult year, It’s not been smooth sailing in terms of performance, as a team with the car and everything.
“I mean I hope so, and there’s been a lot of learnings in the course of these first 12 or 13 races we’ve had.
“So, yeah, I hope we see that moving forward.”
The tense championship battle continues on Sunday in Sochi, with Mercedes leading the way in the constructors by 18 points.