Sebastian Vettel has insisted that his world championship dream is still alive, despite having been unable to convert Red Bull Racing's obvious speed into a run of victories in the opening four races.
The German sits fifth in the standings after the Chinese Grand Prix, despite having taken three pole positions and only one win - ironically, from the one race that he didn't take pole - but feels that the 20-point gap separating him from leader Jenson Button is surmountable with a revised points system and so many races remaining in the season.
"I think I am in the wrong place if I don't believe in us and in myself," Vettel pointed out, "Yes, the first four races were a bit up and down. We had only one win but, in the end that's history, we can't change it any more. We have to look ahead and that's all we try to focus on, first of all tomorrow and then Saturday and Sunday.
"Whatever comes after that is of zero importance now. All eyes are now on this weekend, so we try to go step by step and I think that's the only way that you can be consistent and the only way that you can ultimately fight for a championship.
"We've had four races, [and] one out of four was perfect. Two out of four, we struggled for reliability, so we didn't finish where we wanted to, and then another one out of four was chaotic. In the end, I think we saved a couple of points at least. It was not our strongest weekend in China, but at least [we got] some points, so it is a bit up and down.
"For here, and for the next couple of races, we're just trying to execute a clean Sunday. On Saturdays, we have always been very strong, so we're just trying to convert Saturday's strength into a good Sunday result."
Surprisingly, not one polesitter has gone on to win a race in 2010, but history tends to suggest that that streak may be broken in Spain, where the last nine races have been won by the pole-winner.
"Pole is always important," Vettel insisted, "Where you put the car on Saturday will determine your race result by quite a bit on Sunday, but the race is there to find out and there are no points on Saturday.
"I think we have had good Saturdays. In the race that I won in Malaysia, I started third which is still at the front, so not too bad, but obviously the target is the same again: start from pole and try to win the race. I had a similar comment, I remember, last year in Istanbul where someone came to me on the grid and said the last five winners at Istanbul all came from pole position, but it turned out to be different on that day.