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Button: This has been a difficult year

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20/06/2013

Ahead of his home race, Jenson Button admits that he sees no quick fix to his and his team's current problems.

A dismal Canadian Grand Prix saw McLaren fail to score a point for the first time since 2009 - a run of 64 races - as the Woking outfit slipped further behind fifth placed Force India.

However, speaking at an event to promote the British Grand Prix and its home drivers - though most of them live in Monaco - Button insisted he hadn't totally given up on 2013.

"It isn't just me trying to be positive," he told reporters, "but I think we will be more competitive here than the last couple of races, the type of high-speed circuit that it is.

"We are developing the car at the factory which is great," he continued. "But we're still a long way behind, we've got to make sure we maximise everything. When you do that and you get a fifth place, you're pretty happy about it. You still want to win but when you think you've got everything out of it and you couldn't have done any more, it puts a smile on your face. I think that's important.

"This has been a difficult year for us," he admitted, "but we still hope to be fighting at the end of the year for race wins.

"Definitely next year we will start the season looking to win the world championship. And that includes winning the British Grand Prix," he insisted. "We did take a gamble maybe with the direction of the car, it hasn't worked for us this year. But we are still a great team and we will fight back and we will win races again."

Asked about comments he made in Canada, including being glad to be out of the car, he insisted that it was more about the pummelling he was taking from the MP4-28 at that particular circuit rather than outright despondency with the car.

"I love racing, I love competing and I love jumping in an F1 car," he said. "It was more the bouncing around at the last race," he said. "It was painful, rather than anything else. It was not the race position I was in, it was the constant jolting all the way down the straight. Here that shouldn't be as much of a problem, we've got things that can help that."

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