Jenson Button has admitted to enduring his most frustrating time since he joined McLaren.
After the opening three races of the season Button was two points behind McLaren team mate and then championship leader Lewis Hamilton, thanks to a win in Australia and second in China.
A further three races on in which the 32-year-old has scored just two points and he now finds himself 31 adrift of Ferrari's Fernando Alonso.
It is Button's worst run of results for three and a half years since the end of his dark days with Honda in 2008, notably when you consider he won the title a year later and was runner-up last year.
These are trying times for Button
He frustratingly spent all of Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix stuck behind Heikki Kovalainen, prior to incurring a lap-70 puncture when attempting to pass.
Casting an eye over his results, Button said: “That's awful, but that's where it is right now.
“These thing happen sometimes, so I've just got to get through it and move on.
“But it's certainly my most frustrating time with McLaren, which is a fantastic team to work for. I've had a great time working with them. Since I joined everything has gone amazingly well.
“After every few races the confidence stepped up a gear with the understanding of the car and working with the engineers, and even into this year, with the first race. In fact, the first three races were good, I was happy.
“But suddenly the last three races, I don't know where the pace and feeling I get from the car has gone.
“I haven't had that before.”
It's tough, but it's nothing we can't sort out. We will solve the issues. It's just whether we do it in time.”
The man renowned for being as smooth as silk on his tyres now cannot find the answer as to how they work this year.
“We still think every time we do a race we're learning,” added Button. “We'll have a debrief now and we'll discuss what we're going to do for Canada in two weeks' time.
“There are things we think will help us work the tyres, if they work or not, make a difference, we don't know, but we have to be positive and think they will.
“I have great memories of Canada last year, so I have to remain confident I will put behind me the last three races and get some good points.” - Belfast Telegraph