Jenson Button says he will 'need a miracle' if he wants to secure a victory before the end of the current F1 season.
The Briton has endured a wretched season so far with an uncompetitive McLaren
and has so far managed a best finish of only fifth – leaving him down in tenth in the championship with just 33 points to his name.
The 2009 title winner is now facing up to his first winless season since 2008 and while things could improve before the end of the year, he admitted it would take a minor miracle for him to return to the top of the podium before the year is out.
"The championship has definitely gone, and to win a race is going to be difficult, unless a miracle happens - and they do happen," he was quoted by the Press Association
. "There are still ten races to go, and ten races ago I won a race (in Brazil at the end of last year) so it can easily turn around with the slightest tweak.
"It's happened before, last year. At Silverstone Lewis (Hamilton) and I were eighth and tenth, but then I finished second in Germany, Lewis won in Hungary, I won in Spa, he won in Italy.
"With an update you can make a big difference. It's not here yet, but it can happen, and it still might happen."
Despite the troubles being faced by McLaren
this season, Button insisted he was still enjoying himself and was working hard to help the team return to the front.
"I still enjoy it every time I go to a race meeting,” he said. "I still get excited about getting in the car. I don't hate driving here (at McLaren), and I don't hate what I do.
"I enjoy hanging out with the team, working with them and trying to improve the car, to put it in a place where we're more competitive.
"It's easy to jump in a winning car. That's the easiest thing in the world for a Formula One driver to do. But to work with a team through the difficult times, and to try and improve the car over a race weekend is something that's trickier, and you need experience to do that.
"Of course, I would be happier if we were at the front. I want to win grands prix. When you've won, nothing else will do. I feel most weekends this year we've done a good job of getting the best out of what we have, and that's all you can do.
"Obviously, there can only be one winner, which at the moment is not us, but it will happen again. It's just a matter of keeping at it and working hard.”