Sergio Perez has rubbished conspiracy theories that suggest he is being sabotaged by Red Bull.
The Mexican endured a rotten spell of form that included five races in a row without reaching Q3 as incidents and struggles with the RB19 dropped him out of title contention.
Despite remaining second in the F1 Drivers' standings, Perez's 99-point deficit to Max Verstappen is almost certainly insurmountable and with the rest of the pack chasing his position, pressure has begun to mount.
Red Bull's ruthlessness with drivers is well-documented and AlphaTauri's axing of Nyck de Vries in favour of Daniel Ricciardo only serves as a further reminder to Perez that the chop is never far away.
But asked about insinuations on social media that his position is being sabotaged by the Milton Keynes-based outfit, Perez told Mundo Deportivo: "No, no, that's impossible.
"The team is totally focused on giving me the opportunity to perform at my best.
"I feel the support of the whole team."
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"Now I'm only thinking about this moment, about getting back to the level I had at the beginning of the season.
"People forget and think that I'm second in the championship because they give away the points in store.
"If I'm still second in the World Championship after the bad run I've had, it's because of my good start to the year.
"But anyway, my only goal now is to get back to that level and I'm not thinking beyond that. I'm not thinking about 2025."