During the last five Grands Prix, Lewis Hamilton has experienced an alarming dip in form and has only once managed to finish ahead of teammate Nico Rosberg thanks to a fourth-place finish in Korea.
Hamilton ended the European leg of the season in third place in the championship standings—65 points clear of Rosberg. He has since dropped to fourth behind Kimi Raikkonen and is only 16 points clear of his teammate. Hamilton is now in serious danger of finishing sixth.
The 28-year-old told Autosport after Abu Dhabi that he is at a loss to explain his dip in competitiveness.
Ultimately I am not particularly happy with my performance, but I am very happy with the team's performance.
The development and hard work that has gone in has been remarkable.
For whatever reasons, maybe being a new car, I have not got on well with it.
And really is for me very, very confusing. I was half a second up on my qualifying lap, 100 per cent, and if I hadn't made a mistake and been on the front row, the position would have been different.
But still, when I get to the race I don't know what happens. I really struggle. For a lot of races it's been like that.
Rounds 8-12: Average grid slot 1, points 64
Rounds 13-17: Average grid slot 3, points 34