Jenson Button says he anticipates a 'tough weekend' ahead for himself and the McLaren-Honda team, but remains optimistic he can still score points in the Spanish Grand Prix.

The former champion endured a troubled start to the weekend after technical issues in FP2 consigned him to the pit lane for a period of time, though he was able to get back out on track in the closing stages.

Ahead of qualifying around the Circuit de Catalunya, Button concedes that while Q3 is certainly the target, he feels McLaren remains 'behind the game'

"Every race is the same, we have a lot of developments and that's fantastic. We spent a lot of time throughout the day finding out if the new parts work or not, so Friday is always a busy day. On Saturday we can focus more on qualifying work.

"We want to get into Q3 and then be consistently in there. We want to be consistently in the points, but this is going to be a tough weekend. I don't think it's going to be easy to score points, but we'll do our best.

"In the end the first day was not too bad, as we found the balance, but until then it had been a pretty bad day in terms of finding the balance. We made some big changes and now the car feels better. We're a bit behind in the game but we're getting there."

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