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, speaking to Press Association Sport.
"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, maybe even ponder his next move.
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.
"I still get excited about getting in the car. I don't hate driving here (at McLaren), and I don't hate what I do.
"I enjoy hanging out with the team, working with them and trying to improve the car, to put it in a place where we're more competitive.
"It's easy to jump in a winning car. That's the easiest thing in the world for a Formula One driver to do.
"But to work with a team through the difficult times, and to try and improve the car over a race weekend is something that's trickier, and you need experience to do that.
"Of course, I would be happier if we were at the front. I want to win grands prix. When you've won, nothing else will do."
For now, Button takes comfort in the fact he is giving his all to aid McLaren in their quest to return to the front.
"I feel most weekends this year we've done a good job of getting the best out of what we have, and that's all you can do," added Button.
"Obviously, there can only be one winner, which at the moment is not us, but it will happen again. It's just a matter of keeping at it and working hard.
"I also realise I'm doing one of the best jobs in the world.
"Whether I'm just inside or outside the points. - three points here, no points there - it doesn't really matter. Those results don't make any difference.
"The difference is when you've done your best and you've got the best out of what you have.
"If you've done that then you should be pretty happy with you