That is the bleak but pragmatic assessment of one of the most respected drivers in Formula One. It shows how much work McLaren have ahead of them before they can rejoin the group of leading teams.
After failing to win a point in Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix, McLaren are back in sixth place in the constructors' championship and falling further behind the much smaller but well organised Force India team, unthinkable at the start of the season.
McLaren's form is a bitter disappointment for Button, who genuinely believed he had a chance of winning a second world title. His hopes were enhanced when Lewis Hamilton left at the end of last year and joined unfancied Mercedes.
But after finishing 12th in Montreal, Button is a hopeless 107 points behind the world champion and current leader Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull – and he is 52 points behind fourth-placed Hamilton.
McLaren have always said they will be capable of winning races this season – there are 12 left. But Button was brutally honest when he said: "No one knows the answer to that. It's pointless for me to try and answer. I don't know if we're going to win a race this year."
When he was asked about the British Grand Prix at Silverstone he said: "Going to Silverstone we're looking to have a much better result than that. We do have some parts on the car, which should help us. But it's not going help us get to the front.
"The fans in the UK are amazing. It's so nice to get the support from the British fans, to see the union jacks and rocket red hats. We're not going to get the result I'm sure all the Brits want, and we want. But we will fight on and do the best we can. There are no positives from this weekend. The one positive is that Silverstone is a different circuit."
McLaren admit they got their tyre strategy wrong on Sunday and that they should have started on the prime tyre. They also say that they should have pushed harder on their prime because it was more durable and quicker than they had anticipated.
Button agrees with that but he says that even a better strategy would not have made much difference. "The pace isn't there," he said. "We could have been in the points. But even then we would have been eighth, ninth or 10th. We still would have been lapped by the leaders. That's the shocker, really. We still wouldn't have been quick, but we could have had a better race."
But Button is still backing McLaren to produce a more competitive car. He said: "I'm still in a great team, probably the best team to find your way out of a situation like this. It will happen. It just takes time.
"We have a lot of talented people in this team, people who will find answers, and find a way back to the front. And it will be so much sweeter when it happens."
But Paul di Resta, who is nine points ahead of Button in the drivers' championship, says Force India are determined to stay ahead of McLaren in the constructors' table. "We have come away scoring more points than the team we want to beat and that is McLaren," he said.
Meanwhile the FIA, the sport's governing body, has confirmed that the international tribunal hearing into the recent Mercedes tyre test in Barcelona will be held in Paris on 20 June.
guardian.co.uk © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010
image: © McLaren