Jenson Button has revealed that he heads into the winter break full of optimism that McLaren will re-emerge as serious title contenders in 2014.
This year represented the Woking-based outfit's worst season since 1980, when they last failed to reach a podium finish heaping more pressure on McLaren's team principle Martin Whitmarsh.
2013 was also the first time in seven years that the eight times Constructor's Champions have gone a season without winning a single race.
Button's fourth place finish on Sunday's Brazilian Grand Prix was coincidentally the team's best result in what has been a very disappointing year.
The 2009 championship winner had told reporters that his result at Interlagos had "put a smile on everyone's face," and added: "the management is good here.
"They've had a tough time of it this year and everybody is quoting figures."
"It's always going to be the case when you have a difficult year."
"You're going to look for someone to blame but I think they've come through it very well and I think they're strong and going to do a good job next year."
However, many F1 lovers will be first to argue that this season's fall of the legendary outfit can be related to McLaren taking a more revolutionary design step with the MP4-28.
As a result their only success of the season was to pip Force India to finish fifth in the drivers Constructor's Championship, a little matter of 474 points behind the champions Red Bull and almost 22 points behind fourth place Lotus.
But despite this year's fifth place Constructor's Championship finish alongside the fact that next year will be the last in which Mercedes engines are used before the eagerly awaited reunion with Honda, Whitmarsh has voiced Button's words by arguing there are "no excuses" why McLaren won't live up to their legendary expectations next year.
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