Sochi, Russia - Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel could see his hopes of a fifth Formula One world title fading with the Sochi sunset on Sunday after falling 50 points behind Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton with five races remaining.
Even if it sounded like clutching at straws, the German was not about to give up the fight, however.
"I wasn't a genius in maths, but I was clever enough to pay attention to make it up myself," he said when asked whether he could feel the championship slipping away after Hamilton led a Mercedes one-two in Russia.
"It's not getting easier if we lose points.
"I still believe in our chances; yes, obviously it's not getting bigger if you finish behind but who knows? It takes one DNF (non-finish) and then all of a sudden things look different," he added.