Having made an incredible start to the 2017 season, Sebastian Vettel's form as well as luck have taken a nose dive.
With just five races into the season, the German driver boasted a massive 25-point lead over main title rival Lewis Hamilton after taking the checkered flag on three occasions and coming in at second spot on the other two instances.
However, that lead has not only been slashed, but also reversed in subsequent races, with Hamilton finding form in the latter half of campaign.
The Brit is now 28 points ahead of his Ferrari rival and looks odds on to clinch his fourth world title.
In the last race in Singapore, Vettel's misfortunes continued as he suffered a crash in the very first lap of the contest after colliding with teammate Kimi Raikkonen and Red Bull's Max Verstappen.
What made matters worse for the 30-year-old was Hamilton's eventual victory during the night race.
Perhaps the only silver lining for the Ferrari driver was that the stewards did not proceed with further penalties following the collision.
Although, Hamilton did not miss the opportunity to potentially land a psychological blow to his opponent when he hurled a stabbing remark at Vettel during the Jonathan Ross Saturday night chat show.
He said: "It is great to have seen some of the weaknesses come through this year and I'm grateful for this recent one."
When told of the above remarks, Vettel was quick to shrug the comment off and proceeded to play down the incident that cost him heavily on Sunday night.
"Accidents at the start happen. The way that happened can happen to anyone. If he can avoid that, good for him," the former world champion told Sky F1.
"It's part of racing," Vettel added.
"These things happen and therefore your time is better spent looking forward. It certainly didn't help Lewis scored a lot of points but that's the way it goes. What's done is done."
With only six races remaining, it will take a blunder of catastrophic proportions for Hamilton to throw the Drivers' Championship away.
However, judging by the veteran's professional nature and experience, it is difficult to not see him lifting yet another world title.
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