Fernando Alonso is steeling himself to the fact his season could be over in less than four weeks.
Following a solid fourth place in the season-opening grand prix in Australia to claim five points, the Renault driver has since accumulated only four more points from six races.
Alonso’s frustrations, that initially appeared in Bahrain and then eased in the wake of his home race in Spain where he qualified second, have again surfaced.
With team-mate Nelson Piquet yet to score, Renault are currently languishing in a lowly seventh place in the constructors’ table behind Red Bull, Toyota and Williams.
Alonso believes unless the team show signs of improvement at the next two grands prix in France and Britain, the focus then should turn towards next year’s car.
“It’s a difficult decision, no doubt, which has to be made sooner or later,” said Alonso.
“I know it’s difficult, and I have a strong opinion about it, but after Silverstone you have to think about it.
“We have a couple of developments coming for Magny-Cours and Silverstone, so let’s wait and see what these do to the car.
“Maybe at those tracks it will be good, so we can carry on developing this car.
“If it’s not good, maybe the season will already be over so it’s time to think about next year.”
Alonso, who qualified fourth at Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix only to slide out on lap 45, is hopeful planned upgrades to the car for the next two races will make a difference.
“A small step in every area can make a huge gain,” added Alonso.
“I’m sure we can go up in performance, and hopefully that will put us in the points for the championship.”