Jenson Button insists that his motivation remains as high as ever despite a troubled season for McLaren so far in 2013.

The Briton has so far failed to make it onto the podium this season, with the realistic possibility that the team could go through a season without a top three finish for only the third time in its history.

While his championship hopes evaporated some time ago, Button insisted that his motivation levels were still strong as he seeks to try and get the best results possible for the Woking-based team in the final six races of the year - even if his campaign to date hasn't gone to plan.

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"The motivation is definitely still there because you still want to do a good job in the races," he told Press Association Sport. "You don't drive around waiting for next year. You still want to get the best result you can, do the best job you can, and get the most out of yourself for yourself and the team. That doesn't change.

"But obviously when you get out of the car and you are seventh it's not where you want to be, and it's not what gets you excited after a grand prix. When you get in the car, the lights go out and you are racing, the buzz is still there, and you still want to do the best job you can."

Button added that he thought he ws going to break his podium duck in Singapore at the weekend before tyre wear worked against him, with the Briton admitting that McLaren may need a 'mixed-up' race to get a top three before the season is out.

"I did actually think about a podium [in Singapore] because I didn't know what was going to happen with the tyres," he said. "The problem was that I had the engineers on the radio saying 'This is good. We can do this. Keep fighting, but look after the tyres'.

"I was like 'Well, I can't do both', and to be fair, having Kimi shoved up behind me didn't really help me look after my tyres. He was so much faster, and he proved that when he got past because he was three seconds per lap quicker.

"We gave it a go - it's just that the race needed to be ten laps shorter. I'm sure if it's a mixed-up race there is always a possibility of a podium, but we are still a long way from getting one because if you look at qualifying we are over a second off the quick cars. That hasn't changed."