Jenson Button believes McLaren-Honda has ‘a great future’ after making serious progress since the start of the season.
The Woking-based squad suffered a difficult winter, completing limited mileage after encountering numerous problems with its new Honda power unit.
Button managed to complete the team’s first full-race distance on route to 11th in Australia, and ran inside the points before he was forced to retire at Sepang two weeks ago.
Building on the positives of Malaysia, the 2009 champion is certain that McLaren can make another step forward this weekend in China.
“It’s always tricky when you start off in the winter with not doing much mileage,” Button said during Thursday’s FIA press conference.
“I think for everyone it was a big surprise to see us finish in Melbourne. I think for the outside world, they probably didn’t think we made a big step from Melbourne to Malaysia but we did. It was very, very big. We weren’t able to finish the race but we got a lot of useful information, again for another big step forwards.
“We’ve got to see what we’ve got here. It’s a very long straight here, which makes it a little bit tricky but we’re all working very well together. I feel we still haven’t got the best out of what we have right now, so hopefully we can do that this weekend – and there’s a lot in the pipeline for the future.
“A lot of people have asked me how I’m so positive and how the team are so positive and upbeat, and it is because we see a great future. It’s just a lot of hard work now improving before we can get there.”
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