McLaren driver Jenson Button is confident his team will benefit from a disappointing 2013 and believes it can only make them stronger in the future.
After a poor start to the season continued in Budapest last weekend, Button admitted his team were facing tough times, but backed them to overcome their struggles and improve as a result.
"I think the season was very difficult for us, but I really do think that we've grown together as a team and we've improved over that period of time," explained Button.
"I think it's really helped us as a team, and it also helps in the way that you fine tune every single detail when you're in that position," he added.
The 33-year-old could only manage seventh position in Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix, with team mate Sergio Perez a further two places back in ninth as former McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton taking the chequered flag.
With hopes of a Championship challenge all but over, and languishing in sixth place in the Constructors competition, Button is already focusing on the future as they continue to work on the car.
"You try and get every hundredths of a second out of every part of the car because you know you have to, because that can make the difference of getting into Q3 for example.
"I really think it's helped as a team for the future," he insisted. "When we have a competitive car, we'll be ready for it."
With the drivers now heading into the mid-season summer break, Button revealed how they have struggled to get in a rhythm so far this year.
"It's been alright, but I think it's been tough to get a good rhythm this season," he said.
"McLaren is known for fighting at the front, fighting for race wins, definitely fighting for podiums pretty much every Grand Prix, so when you don't have that it's mentally very tough," he explained.
"I've had bad seasons before, I know how tough it can be, but for McLaren it's something that doesn't happen very often," added the Brit.
Button will be hoping for an improvement in fortunes when the circuit heads to Belgium for race number 11 of the season on August 25th.
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