Michael Schumacher is feeling confident about his chances of challenging for an eighth Formula 1 World Championship victory.
The 41-year-old said he felt he still had every chance despite failing to impress since his return to the circuit. Since coming out of retirement his form has been indifferent.
In Bahrain in his first race back he secured sixth place, while in Australia he finished tenth. A problem with a wheel nut forced him to end his race in Malaysia.
As a result he is lagging 30 points behind leader Felipe Massa of Ferrari and has nine points altogether in the drivers' championship.
But the Mercedes driver feels he and team-mate Nico Rosberg can go on to challenge for the title as the season progresses.
"If we have a quick enough development speed there is no reason why we cannot fight for the championship," said Schumacher.
"There is such a long season ahead and development is so important.
"In winter everyone was very emotional and supportive and positive so once you are at the crest of the wave it is natural to sort of come down from this.
"Because the results have not been as great as some people have expected - and even myself I would love to have had better results - it is natural to not have some positive feedback in the media.
"But I know what I have been doing, I know what has been going on and I have no reason to be disappointed."
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