Jenson Button insists that he won't stop pushing for victories through the remainder of the F1 season, despite admitting that his hopes of securing the title are now at an end.
The McLaren driver finished second in the Italian Grand Prix behind Sebastian Vettel and is now 117 points down on the Red Bull man in the standings with just 150 left to play for.
While those figures mean a second title for the Briton is all but impossible this season, Button insisted he wouldn't stop pushing hard through the remainder of the season with his aim being to win as many times as possible before the end of the year.
“There's no chance [of the title],” he was quoted by Sporting Life
. "We've known that for a little while, but as drivers you want a bit of hope. It won't change anything though.
"We're still going to have amazing racing, like it has been in the last few races. Whatever we do, because we are racers, competitive, be it driving in F1, karting or triathlons, you want to win. That doesn't suddenly change because there's no championship to win. You still want to win every race.
"The emotion when you cross the line to win a grand prix is...it's very different to winning a world championship. You build up to win a world championship, whereas a race is just there. Suddenly you've won and it's such an amazing experience.
"So the racing is still going to be great, and that's what we love."
Button currently sits third in the championship standings and is nine points ahead of McLaren team-mate Lewis Hamilton, although he insisted that he wasn't concerned about points now the title is beyond reach.
"The points don't mean so much at the end of the year unless you win the championship, so I don't care about the points,” he said. "I'm happy with the way I'm driving, with what the team are doing, with the way the car is, and that's the most important thing.
"If I continue driving like this then I'll be happy at the end of the year."