After a disappointing debut for McLaren’s new Honda powered engine, Jenson Button is hoping it will be different at the Bahrain Grand Prix this weekend.
Still sorting a out a few issues with the driveability of the car, the Brit feels that the Surrey-based team did well to get the car race-ready in Melbourne after testing and is expecting more improvements as the season progresses throughout the year.
"I'm really keen to get back behind the wheel, as, although it didn't show in our results from Australia, our package felt very good to drive," Button told crash.net.
"The team worked really hard to bring a step forward in driveability from testing to the first race."
Looking ahead to Bahrain, the 2009 World Champion is expecting a difficult race at the Bahrain International Circuit but added that if they can adapt to the new regulations quick enough they can hopefully score some points in the Middle East.
"Bahrain is definitely a tricky track for us as it's high-speed, but we have a solid platform and improved deployment, so there are some positives to look forward to," he said.
"We made a couple of misjudgements on the strategy side in Melbourne, but it's all part of the learning curve with the new tyre compound rules.
"Together with the engineers we've studied the data and hopefully we can make some good calls in Bahrain, pull together the various stages of the race and achieve a more representative result."