BETTER DAYS SOON: Jenson Button hopes for a better performance from the team at the Spanish GP in May. Image: AP / Toru Takahashi
MANAMA, Bahrain - McLaren is hoping for a boost in Barcelona next month (May) even if Sunday's (April 19) Bahrain Grand Prix is another struggle, says Jenson Button.
Button said he was looking forward to team mate Fernando Alonso's home Spanish race: "I think already in Barcelona you'll see a good step.
"We've got a lot happening before Monaco with the car so hopefully there'll be a good step not just with the power but also with the aerodynamic grip. We'll see. I've got a good feeling about it."
Bahrain, the fourth round of the season, looks rather less promising for
the former champions who have yet to score a point this year.
Button said: "I don't think we'll see a big step forward in terms of outright power here, it's a very difficult race for everyone because of the long straights and the heat."
"The positive for us here is that we are pretty good at looking after rear tyres and you need that around here. Whether that's enough to move forward I'm not quite sure."
The wind, which whipped up sandstorms earlier in the week, could also be a big factor at the Sakhir circuit south of Manama.
McLaren's new partnership with Honda has had a difficult start, with the Woking team qualifying towards the back of the field rather than its usual place among the frontrunners as they work through the problems.
However, the return to Europe after the long-haul races in Asia and the Middle East should allow the team to speed up development on the car.
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