After five rounds of the 2005 FIA Formula One world championship, Jarno Trulli lay second in the drivers' standing, with 26 points - the result of two second-place finishes, a third and a fifth. This year, after five races, by alarming contrast, he has yet to trouble the scorers.
As stats go, that is a pretty astounding one - especially as, pre-season, Jarno was considerably more bullish about his 2006 prospects than ever he had been in the lead-up to 2005.
In late December 2005, for example, I flew to Rome to interview him for F1 Racing. "I don't think it's silly to say that I can be world champion this coming season," he told me. "I'm happy to say that. That's what I'm working for. Okay, if it doesn't happen, it doesn't happen. Who knows how good the other cars will be? But, at this stage, yes, I'm happy to say that I'm a world championship contender for 2006. I'm very confident about that."
Four months on, that sound bite makes a sobering read, doesn't it? And the one sentence in it that still holds good is a question, not a statement: "Who knows how good the other cars will be?"