Jenson Button says McLaren is "not quick enough right now" despite looking competitive during Friday practice in Melbourne.

The first two practice sessions for the Australian Grand Prix saw Button finish second in FP1 and fifth in FP2, on both occasions within a second of the quickest time. However, even though the lap times looked encouraging Button said that they mask problems which McLaren will not be able to solve ahead of the race.

"It's just a case of working on the balance," Button said. "We're not there, and I don't think our outright pace is as good as it looks. I don't know where we are, but we did get some running, so some good understanding for the race, but at the moment there are a few areas where we are weak and we can't really strengthen the car.

"We're trying our best, but there is definitely room for improvement because we're not quick enough right now."

Team-mate Kevin Magnussen was more concerned with his own performance on his debut grand prix weekend and said he knows he too has room for progress.

"It's a good feeling to be on track and to feel it all and see what it's like," Magnussen said. "I think there's a lot to learn, definitely some improvements to make and I'm just happy that I've got a lot of good data to look at and I definitely know where to go from here.

"Everything was quite new. You can do so much from testing but when you go to a completely new track and it's all quite serious it is different. So I need to get used to it but I did enjoy it."



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