Lewis Hamilton says he is confident that McLaren won't encounter some of the issues it suffered in Bahrain as F1 heads to Melbourne for the second round of the year.

Hamilton took third place in the season-opener behind Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa, although his run to the podium was only made possible thanks to the issues suffered by Sebastian Vettel.

Both Hamilton and team-mate Jenson Button struggled through the new section of circuit in Bahrain, but Hamilton said he felt confident that the team would be closer to the pace in Australia.

"I had a great race in Bahrain," he said. "Despite losing time in the opening stint, I pushed like crazy for the whole race and I'm pleased that we've got some decent points on the board.

"I'm looking forward to Melbourne. I like the circuit, I think we'll go well there and I don't think we'll have the same problems that slowed our progress in Bahrain."

McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh insisted that the start of the season had been encouraging for the Woking-based outfit and said the team was well set for Melbourne.

"Coming just a fortnight after the opening race in Bahrain, there's been only minimal time to add developments to the MP4-25," he said. "But we've got a number of smaller components that we expect to add to the car ahead of the race.

"We've had the chance to reflect upon it, and I believe that our start to the season has been mostly encouraging. Our race pace in Bahrain looked respectable - we had the fastest car for much of the second half of the race - and I think we now have a clearer idea of how to set the car up over a grand prix weekend.

"Of course, we're under no illusions that the opposition will be tough - and we expect a fantastic battle in Melbourne this weekend."