Sebastian Vettel won't let Red Bull's current form get to him, insisting he's not feeling any stress over it.
Vettel's fourth successive title defence has not gone according to plan as the German and his Red Bull team have been let down by engine supplier Renault.
Suffering too many reliability issues and a general lack of pace, the reigning World Champion has yet to win a grand prix this season.
Eight races into this season, 27-year-old is fifth in the Championship on 60 points, a whopping 105 short of Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg.
Vettel, though, is refusing to let it get to him.
"Currently we don't have the car to win unless something out of the ordinary happens because at the moment Mercedes are in a position to win every race," said Vettel.
"That doesn't really matter because you still try to get the maximum out of your package.
"We've had races this year where we've succeeded, races where we haven't, and some where we've had different problems.
"Ultimately you just try to achieve your maximum. You're happy if you are and unhappy if you don't.
"But you have to challenge yourself, to keep learning, to understand the car better so you can extract more out of yourself and the car.
"There are a lot of things that come easy when times are going well, and obviously when it's a bit more difficult...
"It's part of the game, that's what we sign up for. In Formula One the driver is dependent on his car.
"You have goods times, bad times, but right now I'm not stressing."
And although Vettel admits that realistically it won't be easy winning the World title, he is refusing to give up as long as the mathematics still says he can.
"I'm really going race by race.
"If you look at points and mathematics we can still fight for the World Championship, so it would be stupid to say we're out. If things change and you're back in you take it.
"Realistically the gap is very big and we have struggled to catch up in big steps with the races we've had, but the goal is there for the whole team to progress and do a better job.
"For us, for Renault, for everyone involved we want to close the gap, and whether we'll succeed before the end of this year well have to wait and see."
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