Jenson Button has admitted it was a painful moment when he was told that Honda had elected to put its Formula One team up for sale.
Button, who has been involved with the team since its previous guise as BAR, had already inked a deal to remain with the Brackley-based outfit into 2009 when he was looking to try and return to the kind of form that saw him take his one and only F1 win in Hungary back in 2006.
Instead however, the Briton – like the remainder of the team - now faces an uncertain future over the next month as Honda looks to find a buyer to avoid closing down the team, but he said it was important for everyone to try and remain as positive as they could.
"I found out at the same time as everyone did in the team, so it's just as much of a shock to me as it is to everyone else," he told the BBC
. "The first couple of hours were the most painful. But after that, I thought 'what's the point of being down?' I tried to look at every reason for it, and it's not going to change. So we've just got to try and stay positive."
Button added that the current situation could even strengthen the team, providing the buyer can be found to take it into next season.
"We need to stay positive in ourselves, and as one team, because if we're not, who's going to be interested in taking us over?" he said. "It's either going to make us stronger or it's going to break us. One or the other.
"If it doesn't kill us, it will make us stronger."