Kimi Raikkonen says he’s not lost any of his world championship speed despite failing to match Ferrari team-mate Fernando Alonso.
The Finn has just 27 points to Alonso’s 115 and his sixth place finish in Hungary is his best to date.
His form and struggles haven’t diminished his belief that he still has the speed to race at the front of the field, and insists things just haven’t come together yet.
“It’s been a difficult year but that’s life,” he said. “It’s not fun when you have hard times but it’s happened before and that’s how it goes.
“We try to make things better all the time, make fewer mistakes, and get the car where I want it to be to be fast again.
“I know I haven’t suddenly lost over the winter a few seconds of laptime.”
He is confident Ferrari will get on top of the problems which have plagued his season so far.
“It’s a case of putting things in the right order for me,” he added.
“Sometimes we have one day, one practice, in some places where we are absolutely fine, but we’re still fighting against things a lot and obviously then the results show where we end up.
“I have trust in the team but obviously there have to be changes and improvements, But it can only happen when we work as a team.”