Jenson Button insists he has not lost his enthusiasm for Formula One despite a difficult season with McLaren.
Instead of challenging for race victories and podiums, Button and team-mate Sergio Perez have found themselves up against midfield runners like Force India, Toro Rosso and Sauber.
The Woking squad are currently sixth in the standings - behind Force India - with 57 points and only nine races left.
Button, though, insists their struggles have only made him realise how much he loves the sport, and he's confident McLaren will bounce back.
"The strange thing is, even though this season has been very difficult, I still get very excited about going to a grand prix," he Mobil 1 - The Grid in an interview. "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 added: "Years like this do make the good years special. 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.
While most teams opted to upgrade their 2012 cars, McLaren went for a "revolutionary" MP4-28 and it has backfired as they found themselves well off the pace of the front-runners during the early stages of the season.
They have managed to gain some time of the leaders in recent races and Button hopes that trend will continue during the latter half of the year and possibly result in a race win.
"We made a mistake in terms of the design and development of the car over the winter," the 2009 World Champion.
"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."
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