Jenson Button says is confident of a better showing from McLaren in the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne next weekend.

The Mercedes-powered team was unable to match the pace of Red Bull and Ferrari in Bahrain, with its car proving to be less well suited to the new slower sections of the Sakhir circuit that those of its rivals.

While Lewis Hamilton was able to secure a place on the podium behind Ferrari duo Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa, Button was forced to settle for seventh - admitting afterwards that he had been too easy on his tyres in the early stages of the race.

The downforce levels required at Albert Park however are likely to be better suited to the MP4-25, leaving Button confident of a stronger showing in his second race in McLaren colours.

"Looking ahead to this year, I think we head to the Albert Park circuit feeling more confident of our overall pace," he said. "It's quite a contrast to Bahrain: no tight, low-speed sections and plenty of faster corners. We think the track configuration should suit our package.

"We learnt some very useful lessons about MP4-25 in the opening race, and the whole team is keen to put them into practice this weekend."

The defending champion added that he was looking forward to a return to Melbourne, where he made his F1 debut with Williams and also the scene of the victory that kick-started his championship winning campaign last year.

"I have some extremely pleasant memories of racing in Australia," he said "As with most drivers on the grid, Albert Park was my first introduction to Formula 1, and I really enjoyed my debut, running as high as fourth before retiring. I was on pole in 2006, although I had another non-finish.

"Of course, last year was a fairytale race for me - I took pole and victory, which was one of the most satisfying and emotional moments of my career."