Fernando Alonso is adamant that he is still in the running to win the world championship despite a string of disappointing results.
In spite of having one of the quickest cars at Valencia and Silverstone, the 28-year-old Ferrari driver only managed to score four points.
But the double-champion is convinced that it is not too late to make up the 47 points required to catch current championship leader Lewis Hamilton of McLaren, and insists he has just been unlucky in the last two races.
"I think it's not too late," said the Spaniard ahead of the German Grand Prix.
"There are nine races to go, with many points on the table. We will try to do the maximum possible, taking points more regularly."
"I think what happened in Valencia and Silverstone is unrealistic. So we are in a better position than what the championship shows."
Alonso admitted that he has been frustrated by the results of late, but claims to be more optimistic than ever about his chances of success, thanks to the improved performance of his car.
"After Silverstone I'm very happy with the car, very motivated, and I think now it's possible to fight for the championship, and I'm very confident now, even more than before.
"The gap between me and the leader has increased, but the car is improving race by race and now there is a possibility to be on the podium regularly.
"Before Valencia I think we had two Red Bulls in front, two McLarens, sometimes one Mercedes and one Renault, and we were fighting with them. Now I think we are very strong so I have more confidence now."