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Jenson Button admits he needs a miracle

By Ian Parkes

Jenson Button has admitted to still being caught up in the excitement of Formula One, even if he finds himself searching for a miracle this season.

For Button and McLaren, any hope of being a title contender this year disappeared a long time ago after coming to terms early with the fact they had built a car simply not good enough to run with their rivals.

Instead, Button finds himself fighting over the scraps, even more so now McLaren have recently opted to focus more of their resources on next year's car given the significant change in engine regulations.

Without even a podium this season – his best finish was fifth in China in April – Button seriously doubts he will win this year.

"The championship has definitely gone, and to win a race is going to be difficult, unless a miracle happens – and they do happen," said Button.

"There are still 10 races to go, and 10 races ago I won a race (in Brazil at the end of last year) so it can easily turn around with the slightest tweak.

"It's happened before, last year. At Silverstone Lewis (Hamilton) and I were eighth and 10th, but then I finished second in Germany, Lewis won in Hungary, I won in Spa, he won in Italy.

"With an update you can make a big difference. It's not here yet, but it can happen, and it still might happen."

Given the struggles McLaren are currently enduring, it would be easy for Button to become morose. But that is far from the case as the 33-year-old said: "I still enjoy it every time I go to a race meeting."

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