Jenson Button says his McLaren Honda now feels the best it has for 18 months and is keen to show the “real pace” of it in this weekend's Chinese Grand Prix.
Button had to retire early last time out in Bahrain due to a mechanical issue with his internal combustion engine (ICE), and after only finishing 14th in the season opener in Australia, has a point to prove.
“The problem we had in Bahrain was unfortunate, but we couldn't really talk on the radio about the issue or to stop earlier, because the radio wasn't working properly,” recounted the 2009 F1 World Champion.
“So much has happened in the last 12 months, I can tell you that," he continued. "The car itself is the best it has felt in 18 months, I really enjoyed driving it in Bahrain. Everything was great except Q2, where we messed with something I can't tell you about and it was quite annoying.
“The race was going well, I was saving fuel and I think we could have had a good race, so that was positive. Hopefully we'll be able to show the real pace of the car here but when people make mistakes or there are incidents we've got to capitalise on it and we didn't do that in Bahrain.”
Meanwhile, Button added he wouldn't mind if it rains this weekend, as is forecast on Saturday.
“I think here we have a better chance if it is mixed conditions as everyone can make mistakes,” he added.
“Strategy wise we're pretty good at the moment, both in qualifying and the race so we are in good shape.”