Lewis Hamilton says he wants to get his season back on track and 'consolidate' in Valencia next weekend, after two concerned grand prix.
The McLaren star's title bid has gone off the rails in recent weeks, starting with a disordered Monaco event that saw him twice penalised for colliding with rivals, and then making contentious comments about the race officials, for which he later apologised.
He hoped to make compensation with a great result in Canada, only to punt Mark Webber into a spin at the first bend, run wide while dicing with Michael Schumacher, and then retire with crash damage after a tangle with his team-mate Jenson Button - who went on to pull off a brilliant last-gasp victory.
Hamilton is therefore aiming for a calmer weekend in Spain to resolve things down again.
"For me, Valencia will be a weekend of consolidation after two disappointing results in Monaco and Canada," he said.
"Those two races were chiefly frustrating for me because we showed we had the pace to win both of them, yet I only came away with eight points."
He said the Spanish street track used for the European Grand Prix was one of his favourite venues, so would be the perfect place to mount a resurgence.
"I've always gone well at Valencia, finishing second there in every race, and I really enjoy offensive the track," said Hamilton.
"It's a hard circuit with no let-up, but that won't deter me as I'm really keen to get back on track and get back in the points.
"This race will be our third street circuit in a row, so expectantly it'll give me the chance to reverse the bad luck I've encountered in the previous two."
Hamilton added that he was now certain McLaren had the pace to beat Red Bull in a straight fight, after he hounded Sebastian Vettel to the flag in Spain, and given that Button came close to charming in Monaco and then pulled off his epic Montreal triumph.
"We've debatably had the fastest race car in the last three races, and that's really encouraging because I know that, when it's put to best use, I should be able to finish at the front," said Lewis.