"That's something we'll be working on and hopefully we can find a good direction because the ride is so important with a F1 car. If the car's moving around a lot then the downforce isn't necessarily working in the correct manner, so we've got to get the ride sorted," he said, stressing that the bumpy nature of the Albert Park temporary street circuit was being particularly unhelpful tot he team as they struggled to get on top of things.
Button's new team mate Sergio Perez was in agreement with the general gloom in the McLaren garage
"We're struggling a bit, to be honest. We aren't as competitive here as we'd wanted to be," said the young Mexican, who took over the race eat from Lewis hamilton over the winter. "We knew we were a bit off but not this much. We know this track does not suit the problems we are having so it will maximise the issues that we are having at the moment.
"We are generally lacking front and rear downforce," Perez explained. "It is not just over one axle, it is both. It's difficult to drive and difficult to extract the maximum because it's very inconsistent through the corners.
"But we're working on it, and as Jenson says we should be able to find some improvements for tomorrow," he continued. "I know exactly how good Vodafone McLaren Mercedes technical guys are: I've seen it from the outside before, and I'm seeing it from the inside now, and there's no doubt that they can close the gap to the cars ahead better and faster than anyone else."
Even if the team can pull something out of the bag in time for qualifying, merely finishing in the points on Sunday could be as much as McLaren can realistically hope for from here.
"With the way things have gone today, I think points would be very positive," admitted Button. "When things aren't going your way it's important to get the most from what you have. At the moment that's what it feels like, but I have only just got out the car.
"There's a lot of stuff we can do tonight and it's always tough for a racing driver when you step out the car, you're always a bit emotional. I'll be a lot more spritely tomorrow," he added.
But the big question is: will the car?