Red Bull pilot Daniel Ricciardo believes that any pilot in the Formula 1 must have a very strong car to reach the championship.
The Red Bull driver is not among the most talented pilots in the current grid, but has not been able to catch the world championship so far.
The Australian driver, who does not have a race to compete for the championship so far, looks at other options for post-2018.
Ricciardo, who says the championship is bound by a quick rush, is also paying attention to Mercedes' share of success Hamilton has caught in recent years.
"Lewis managed to win three of the last four championships, but if he was in a mid-career team during that period he would not have reached the championship number."
"The big part of the success is the car, but to get the best out of the car, you need to be a good pilot, so you need both, but the effect of the car is much more than the pilots.
"It might be better if we get the driver to the fore more, probably 50% to 50% more realistic and better.
"Now the difference between Lewis and the last pilot is 3 seconds, but the difference with the driver is probably one second, and we are all closer than we actually see it, it would be really fun if we were in 1 second with the tools we had."
Ricciardo also praised Hamilton's performance.
"Even though I have the best car right now, it has always been a high level since I started F1 a decade ago," he says, "although he has a lot of confusing things in his life, I can respect him and I hate him.