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Button left disappointed

Jenson Button was left to reflect on another woeful day at the wheel of a McLaren that has now failed to score a point in three straight races.

Button and rookie team-mate Kevin Magnussen finished just outside the points in 11th and 12th at the end of the Spanish Grand Prix.

It is the first time Button has drawn three successive blanks since his horror days with Honda in 2008, and the first time for the team in five years.

These are grim days for the Woking-based marque who went into the race with high hopes the variety of upgrades on their car would propel them closer towards the front.

In truth, only minimal gains were made as a dispirited Button said: "That was not a great race.

"If we had got everything together then we might have finished 10th, scored a point, but that is about it. We are not massively quick."

Asked whether he was still enjoying racing, Button remarked: "I don't know about enjoyable.

"You're here to do a job. Most jobs aren't enjoyable, mine is most of the time, so you get your head down and deal with it.

"You just do the best job you can with the car, you learn something, and we learned something today.

"I feel we have progressed, but the first lap made all the difference because we couldn't get temperature into the tyres which cost us a lot because it is so difficult to overtake at this circuit.

"The car did feel a little bit better in the race, but I just couldn't do anything with it, so we've still a lot of work to do.

"We're still going as fast as we can, doing the best we can, it's just that everything transpired against us."

Button is to jump back in the car on Tuesday on the first day of a two-day test at Barcelona, with reserve Stoffel Vandoorne taking over on Wednesday.

"Hopefully we can progress further," added Button.

"There is a lot of work needed, and the test will be useful. I would not be doing it if there weren't useful things to test.

"Hopefully it will help us for Monaco (the next race in a fortnight), but it's more stuff that will help us two or three races down the road."