Jenson Button admits he is desperately hoping for a dry Chinese Grand Prix after McLaren struggled in the wet qualifying session.

Both Button and team-mate Kevin Magnussen failed to make it out of Q2 as the whole of qualifying took place in wet conditions, with tyre temperatures an issue for McLaren. Button said he didn't expect to be able to solve those problems for the race and as a result was hoping Sunday's grand prix will escape any rain.

"Definitely dry, I think we'll have a very tough afternoon if it's wet," Button said. "In the dry because it's cold it's still tricky but we're able to just put the tyres in a good position and I think we can race well.

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"The thing is tomorrow it's going to be such a green track if it is dry - which I think it is going to be - that it's very difficult to know what to do in terms of strategy. But I think we're very good at thinking on our feet and adapting to the different conditions and different scenarios that we will find tomorrow."

With team-mate Magnussen only experiencing severe graining for the first time on Friday, he admitted he would be learning throughout the race on how to deal with it.

"I don't think I'm in the dark, we did P2 and had some good experience with graining," Magnussen said. "It's going to be a tough race in terms of degradation but I don't know, we will see how it is. I don't have a good idea of what it's going to be, so we'll see."