Jenson Button admits that he and the McLaren team made minor errors over the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix weekend that probably had an effect on his ability to match podium-winning team-mate Lewis Hamilton.
The reigning F1 world champion revealed that the handling of his MP4-25 had not been entirely to his liking in either qualifying or the race which, combined with an acknowledged lack of clear air in both, restricted him to eighth and seventh respectively.
"It was really tricky getting the balance right, but I think, with what we've learned from that weekend, and what we've talked about in the meeting on Tuesday, there are a lot of areas where we see we can improve for the next race," he told Reuters
at the unveiling of McLaren's new road-going supercar in Woking, "Looking at it now, there are a few things that we probably would have done differently over the weekend, and there's a lot of room for improvement with the car."
Button believes that round two, on the streets around Melbourne's Albert Park, will be better suited to the MP4-25's characteristics even before changes are made to the car and, having had a lengthy meeting with the team's senior engineers on Tuesday, remained optimistic about McLaren's chances of turning things around after Hamilton finished some 23 seconds down on Fernando Alonso's winning Ferrari in Bahrain.
"It didn't go as well as I would have liked, the actual finish position, but, over the weekend, I felt that we all worked very well together," the 30-year old insisted.