Jenson Button believes McLaren-Honda could be forging into the F1 mid-field for the Spanish Grand Prix as it prepares to introduce a raft of upgrades to the MP4-30.

Though disappointing reliability has been a footnote to Button's year so far, with his Bahrain GP DNS last time out proving a nadir for the team, there are high hopes that new parts for this weekend will see the team make a step forward.

Indeed, while Button says he can only pass judgement when he has ventured onto track for the first time, he feels the mid-field teams are certainly within range.

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"It's getting to the point where it's a lot more difficult to have the same amount of progress percentage-wise, but we'll have to see, I think the whole middle pack is very close and for the taking maybe," he said. "I look forward to that challenge this weekend, plus this circuit should suit us a bit better than Bahrain... it will definitely suit me better than the race in Bahrain, hopefully I'll go round this time!

Whether that will translate to his and McLaren's first points remain to be seen, adds Button, but he says there is certainly a better opportunity for the team to break its 2015 duck.

"If every other car has a good weekend it's going to be very difficult to score points. But Fernando out-qualified one Red Bull, one Toro Rosso and one other car as well so it just means other people aren't getting their weekends together. If we can get our weekend together, and they don't, yes there's a good chance of scoring a point but if we do we're not going to be jumping up and down with joy because it's not our aim.

"It's more the gap to the front which is important to us; if the gap is eight tenths smaller or three tenths smaller that's the thing that really matters to us rather than just P10.