Jenson Button feels his Honda career is on the decline simply because the team has stood still, writes Ian Parkes.
Despite dismissing the suggestion this weekend was one of his worst in Formula One, it is hard to recall many that have been so bitterly disappointing for the Briton, pictured above.
On his home turf at Silverstone, Button's British Grand Prix ended on lap 10 with an oil fire that saw him spin into the gravel at Priory.
The 26-year-old was running in 12th at the time having made up seven places from his worst qualifying display for three years in starting 19th following a blunder.
After finishing fourth and third in the opening two races, and then qualifying on pole in the third Grand Prix in Australia, Button has mustered just five points from the last six events.
Button said: "We are not as strong as we were at the start of the season, and a lot of that is because the top teams have developed and we haven't. That's a fact.
"There are many areas we need to improve in, but we know that."