McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh has again praised Lewis Hamilton for showing great "maturity" this year and also insisted the 2008 Champion hasn't lost his winning touch.
Hamilton is coming off a difficult weekend in Barcelona after he was stripped from his pole position and sent to the back of the grid as McLaren sent him out for final run in qualifying with too little fuel in his car.
Despite the setback, he still managed to finish eighth and claim four valuable points in the Drivers' Championship.
Whitmarsh says he has been impressed with the level of discipline that the 27-year-old has shown so far this year.
"I think he's been unlucky this year. In many ways the last race was disappointing for the team, but I think Lewis did come away from that event, and I think he does, with a very strong feeling about what he's achieved this year," he said during a Vodafone McLaren Mercedes phone-in.
"Through no fault of his own, I think he had a very severe penalty levelled against him and I think it's very easy at a circuit like Barcelona where overtaking is very, very difficult even with DRS to have some frustration.
"To then be asked by the team to run a two-stop strategy and ultimately have to complete a race with such controlled measured tyre conservation, including 31 laps, more laps than on any other driver on a tyre there, I think he should come away with a feeling that one) he has a car that is capable of being on pole two) he has the speed and capabilities to be on pole - he has been on the front row at every race - and he's driving to I think greater levels of maturity and controlled discipline than perhaps we've seen before."
Although he has started three of the five races on the front row of the grid, Hamilton is yet to win a grand prix this season.
Whitmarsh, though, feels it will only be a matter of time before he is victorious once again.
"So I think it was a fantastic drive [in Spain] and I don't think he, nor I, nor anyone in the team, nor anyone outside the team, believe that he's lost his winning way," he said.
"He's only eight points away from the lead of a Drivers' Championship that's wide open and he must consider himself as a very strong candidate to win in Monaco, to win many more races and to win this year's World Championship."