Jenson Button has revealed his belief that the tough, traumatic times that the McLaren
team are going through in 2013 will only make them stronger in the future.
"I think the season was very difficult for us, Button admitted in Budapest this weekend. "But I really so think that we've grown together as a team and we've improved over that period of time.
"I think it's really helped us as a team, and it also helps in the way that you fine tune every single detail when you're in that position," he added. "You try and get every hundredths of a second out of every part of the car because you know you have to, because that can make the difference of getting into Q3 for example.
"I really think it's helped as as a team for the future," he insisted. "When we have a competitive car, we'll be ready for it."
However Button admitted that the thought did little to assuage the disappointment of how 2013 had gone for the team so far, heading into the mid-season August summer break.
"It's been alright, but I think it's been tough to get a good rhythm this season," he said.
"McLaren is known for fighting at the front, fighting for race wins, definitely fighting for podiums pretty much every Grand Prix, so when you don't have that it's mentally very tough," he explained. "I've had bad seasons before, I know how tough it can be, but for McLaren
it's something that doesn't happen very often."
"It's been extremely tough," agreed his new team mate, Sergio Perez. "It's my first season with Mclaren and it's been very difficult first of all to get to know the car.
"Since the first time I drove it in Jerez to now it's changed completely," he said. "Every weekend, on Fridays we're always trying a lot of things and then on Saturdays we start with a new car."
But Perez said that as the season progressed, things were getting better - especially with the way that the team dynamic was working.