In many respects, the end to the current campaign arguably cannot come quick enough for McLaren as it has been one to forget given their woes with the car.
After 13 grands prix, Button and McLaren are still awaiting their first podium as a rare, unwanted feat beckons for the Woking-based marque.
Only twice in the team's illustrious history - 1971 and 1980 - has McLaren gone through a complete season without finishing in the top three.
With six races remaining, Button maintains he is not merely going through the motions
"The motivation is definitely still there because you still want to do a good job in the races," said the 33-year-old Briton, speaking to Press Association Sport.
"You don't drive around waiting for next year. You still want to get the best result you can, do the best job you can, and get the most out of yourself for yourself and the team. That doesn't change.
"But obviously when you get out of the car and you are seventh it's not where you want to be, and it's not what gets you excited after a grand prix.
"But when you get in the car, the lights go out and you are racing, the buzz is still there, and you still want to do the best job you can."
In Singapore on Sunday, Button came within eight laps of ending the team's podium hoodoo this season as he was running third.
But on old tyres he had no answer to those on fresher rubber behind and dropped back through the pack to claim seventh.
"I did actually think about a podium because I didn't know what was going to happen with the tyres," added Button.
"The problem was that I had the engineers on the radio saying 'This is good. We can do this. Keep fighting, but look after the tyres'.
"I was like 'Well, I can't do both', and to be fair, having Kimi (Raikkonen) shoved up behind me didn't really help me look after my tyres.
"He was so much faster, and he proved that when he got past because he was three seconds per lap quicker.
"In the end we didn't have the pace, and there was never a podium on the cards when you look at the result. We were 40 seconds off that, or something like that, by the end of the race.
"But we gave it a go - it's just that the race needed to be 10 laps shorter."
McLaren now have just six more opportunities to avoid the ignominy of their first podium-less campaign for 33 years.
"I'm sure if it's a mixed-up race there is always a possibility of a podium," said Button.
"But we are still a long way from getting one because if you look at qualifying we are over a second off the quick cars. That hasn't changed."