McLaren driver Jenson Button has said he is still very much enthused by F1, despite a woeful year.
Button had high hopes coming into the F1 2013 season and with Lewis Hamilton having moved to Mercedes, was looking forward to leading the Woking-based outfit to glory.
Unfortunately, however, the MP4-28 has proved to be an uncompetitive beast, and thus far, neither McLaren driver has got on the rostrum. Indeed to date, Button's best finish is the fifth place he managed in China, but despite all that he remains positive.
“The strange thing is, even though this season has been very difficult, I still get very excited about going to a grand prix. I still think we can do a great job. I haven't lost that enthusiasm even in difficult times and that makes me realise I really do love this sport,” he said in an exclusive interview recently with Mobil 1 – The Grid
“Years like this do make the good years special,” Button continued. “I have had quite a few difficult seasons and I have also had some fantastic seasons. It is normal to have a tough year in your career or a tough few years. At the same time for a team, you can't always be on top. I am experienced to know that this happens. You have just got to work through it and when you come out the other side it does feel very special.
“When we next stand on the podium and especially the top step of the podium, I think the whole team is not only going to be relieved, but also there will be a lot of excitement and a lot of adrenalin and a lot of emotion as well because we have worked so hard together.
“We made a mistake in terms of the design and development of the car over the winter. But we have changed a lot [of things]. It is amazing how quickly we have been able to adapt and change the aerodynamics of the car, the airflow and so on. But the problem now is we are a long way behind the leaders in terms of development.
"[Overall] It has been a difficult season but we are getting there. I feel that we are still going to have some good results this year. I think you will see us improve over the next few races. I feel we can get a podium over the next few races if all those changes go to plan,” he concluded.